Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program – Mental Health Respite: Carer Support

$53.4 M program to assist people with mental illness by providing greater access to a broad range of supports.



Mental illness in households can have devastating impacts on families and carers. Research shows how important carers and families are in supporting people living with mental illness, and assisting them in their recovery journeys. The Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program – Mental Health Respite: Carer Support activity provides a range of flexible support options for carers of people with mental illness.

In 2007, direct approaches were made to the 55 organisations funded to operate Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres, to broker respite services for carers of people with mental illness or an intellectual disability, in all Home and Community Care (HACC) regions across Australia. Between late 2007 and early 2009, additional providers were selected through competitive and direct approach processes to deliver respite and other carer support services.



The aim of the Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program – Mental Health Respite: Carer Support activity is to assist carers of people with mental illness to sustain their caring roles and maintain connection with their communities, by increasing access to flexible, innovative carer support services.

The key objective of Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program – Mental Health Respite: Carer Support is for carers to make progress towards addressing those things that prevent them sustaining their caring roles. This includes maintenance or improvement of their physical and mental health and wellbeing.



The 2011–12 Budget allocated an additional $54.3 million over five years to 2015–16, to extend carer support to an additional 1,100 carers and families of people with mental illness.


Eligible Projects

Support provided by MHR:CS services can be broadly grouped into three types:

  • Relief from the caring role
    1. breaks from the caring role through short-term in-home or out-of-home respite, and
    2. social and recreational activities that provide carers with a break from their caring roles
  • Carer support
    1. Counselling, including assistance to develop strategies and plans for coping in difficult times
    2. Practical assistance to address issues that are impediments to carers sustaining their caring roles and their own physical and mental wellbeing
    3. Social and recreational activities, including activities that keep carers connected to their communities
    4. Advocacy services
    5. Peer support and mentoring, and
    6. Case management, including development, review and revision of carer support plans, and tracking the progress of carers against carer support plans.
  • Education, information and access
    1. Information about, and referral or access to, relevant services, community groups and activities
    2. Carer education and training, including carer wellbeing programs or formal training to help carers transition to employment
    3. Education for families about mental illness and its impacts
    4. Mental health promotion in the broader community, including efforts to de-stigmatise mental illness, or marketing of services to ensure services are accessible and widely known, and
    5. Activities that assist carers to remain connected with the community, or help them to live active and fulfilling lives, including personal development opportunities that could lead to voluntary or paid employment.


Eligible Applicants

The following entity types may apply for Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program – Mental Health Respite: Carer Support funding:

  • Incorporated Associations – These entities are incorporated under State/Territory legislation. Commonly they have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc’ in their legal name.
  • Incorporated Cooperatives – These entities are incorporated under State/Territory legislation. Commonly they have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name.
  • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001) – All type of companies, including for profit companies, are eligible
  • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)Act 2006
  • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation – A number of public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions are established in this way.
  • Partnerships
  • Trustees on behalf of a trust
  • Local Governments



Applications for new Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program – Mental Health Respite: Carer Support sites close on 3:00pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday 20 December 2012.



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