Carers have many information needs and also may require assistance with many practical issues. There are many resources that can be suggested.
Legal and financial resources for carers
- Advance care planning
Advance Care Planning Australia is an Australian model for advance care planning. Information is organised on a state basis.
- Power of Attorney
myagedcare.gov.au has a section on estate planning including durable power of attorney.
- Financial Assistance
The Australian Government Department of Human Services provides information, benefits and payments for carers who meet eligibility criteria. Some carer payments continue short-term after the death of the care recipient, also some carer payments can be maintained during employment. Specialist staff are also available for counselling and assistance. Centerlink has recognised same-sex relationships from 1 July 2009.
Carers may have little experience planning and organsiing a funeral or even about notifying organisations of a person’s death. The Department of Human Services
has useful information on what to do and who to contact after a death. Recent changes in several Australian states’ legislations aim to protect consumers at the vulnerable time of arranging a funeral. The New South Wales Office of Fair Trading has produced a resource to guide those people who are arranging and paying for a funeral.
Information and support for carers
Research and literature resources on carers and caregiving
Last updated 18 January 2017