Caring for someone with Disability:

Are you caring for a family member or friend with a disability?

There are services and supports available.

The NDIS funds services and supports for eligible people with disability. To apply, you must be under 65, and to be deemed eligible you will need to meet their criteria. In Tasmania, the NDIS has ‘partner services’ which support people to apply and access the NDIS.

See the table below for more information, locations and how to contact. If you want to apply, contact your local partner.

Early childhood partners

Early childhood partners are local organisations we fund to deliver the early childhood approach to children younger than 9 and their families. Early childhood partners have teams of professionals with experience and clinical expertise in working with young children with developmental delay or disability and their families. We chose them as partners for their specialist skills in early childhood intervention.

Local Area Coordination (LAC) partners

For most people aged 9 years and older, a Local Area Coordinator will be their main point of contact for the NDIS. Local Area Coordinators will help people with disability to connect with supports, activities in their community and other government services to meet their needs. They also help participants to understand the NDIS, work with NDIS participants to develop and use their NDIS plan.

Service Area Council Area Partner Contact
North Break O’Day
George Town
Meander Valley
Northern Midlands
West Tamar
Baptcare LAC 1800 290 555
EC 1800 290 555
North West Burnie
Central Coast
Circular Head
King Island
West Coast
Mission Australia LAC 03 6420 6850
EC 1800 572 152
South East Brighton
Central Highlands
Derwent Valley
Glamorgan-Spring Bay
Southern Midlands
Mission Australia LAC 03 6212 6850
EC 1800 572 152
South West Glenorchy
Huon Valley
Baptcare AC 1800 290 555
EC 1800 290 555

You can also apply for the NDIS over the phone:

  • 1800 800 110

For more fact sheets, information on how to apply, and using your plan, see: https://www.ndis.gov.au/

Please remember:

  • YOU CAN ask for support as a carer
  • YOU HAVE the opportunity to submit a Carer Impact Statement
  • YOU SHOULD be included in planning and communications (given the person you care for consents)

Other supports

The Tasmanian Companion Card entitles eligible people with lifelong disability to a free ticket for their companion carer at participating venues and events.

Companion card: https://www.companioncard.tas.gov.au/

Transport Access Scheme: https://www.service.tas.gov.au/services/health/disability-assistance/apply-for-the-transport-access-scheme-parking-permit-or-smartcard

The Transport Access Scheme (TAS) is for people with a permanent disability which significantly reduces their mobility.

Members can access:

  • an Australian Disability Parking Permit
  • subsidies through the Taxi Subsidy Program
  • concessions on vehicle registration and driver licensing for one vehicle.

If you would like Carers Tasmania to help advocate for your needs, you can safely share your story here:

Or contact our team at Care2Serve who can connect you with advocacy services.

Get advice

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you work through the emotions and challenges carers face every day.

Carer Support

Our local support programs connect you with local staff, other carers, groups, events and activities.


It’s okay to need a break from the demanding role of being a carer. We can help you to explore options and plan flexible respite.


Talking to a counsellor can help you explore ways to deal with complex situations, and to balance caring with the rest of your life.

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