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.
You can also apply for the NDIS over the phone:
For more fact sheets, information on how to apply, and using your plan, see: https://www.ndis.gov.au/
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)
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.