First Nations Carers

Acknowledgement of Country

The Department of Social Services acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the Elders past and present.

Our communities are strongest when everyone is strong. Caring for someone in your family or community can be tough.

Whether you’re caring for Nan or Pop, someone with disability or a health concern, or anyone who needs day to day support, you can get free help for yourself.

Support is available for all unpaid, ‘informal’ carers, including both young and old carers. Carers may receive other support payments and still access Carer Gateway services.

Carer Gateway is a safe place where you can find information and get support and services in your area and online, such as:

  • Phone counselling and free courses - or you can connect with other carers through our peer support groups and online forum.
  • You can also get a support package that could help you with work, study and your caring role.


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I care for family members with mental illness.
It’s challenging, but I see it as a family obligation that’s made easier when I look after myself.
Through Carer Gateway, I’ve accessed lots of information and support that took the load off my shoulders.
Carer Gateway is there to support me and all carers.
Our communities are strongest when everyone is strong.
It’s OK to reach out for support.
Call 1800 422 737, or visit

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Our communities are strong because we care for each other
We're always there when our mob needs us
Whether you're caring for nan or pop
Someone with disability or a health concern
Or anyone who needs day-to-day support
If you care for someone in your family or community
There's a place you can go to get free support for yourself
It's called Carer Gateway
You can find lots of information, and receive support
And services in your area, and online
You can access phone counselling
Do free courses, and connect with other carers
You can also get a support package
That could help you with your work, study and caring
Along with a whole range of other things
Our communities are strongest when everyone is strong
And it's okay to reach out for support
Or call 1800 422 737

Real life stories

Other carers have shared their experiences and how Carer Gateway has helped them. You can read their stories below.

Carer Gateway campaign

Radio ads

Social Media Tiles

First Nations Stakeholder Kit
Stakeholder and Media Kits