Understanding respite costs
We can’t say exactly what you might pay for respite, because it depends on who provides the care, the length of time involved, and the sort of care.
Respite care might be free.
- Some schemes might offer respite care at no cost to you. If the person you care for has disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may be able to arrange respite care for them. If the person you care for is aged over 65, My Aged Care may be able to arrange respite care for them.
- Some organisations offer free or subsidised (cheaper for you) services if you can’t afford them. They may assess your income and assets to see if you can afford the services.
- In an emergency, you may be able to get free respite care. If you need respite care in an emergency, call your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (or 1800 059 059 after hours).
You might have to pay for respite care.
- Some organisations offer private respite services that you pay for. Each organisation sets its own fees for these services. If you need respite care, talk to Carers Australia on 1800 242 636 about what is available in your area, or contact your nearest Carers Australia branch.
Call the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (or 1800 059 059 after hours) if you need to arrange emergency respite care Talk to Carers Australia on 1800 242 636 about what respite care available in your area