Who is legally a carer?

Who is legally a carer?

A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.

Do you get paid to be a respite carer?

Foster carers in NSW receive a fortnightly allowance based on the age of the child. The care allowance is provided by the NSW Government to help address the costs of caring for a child. Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and financial institutions don’t count this allowance as income.

What are the legal requirements for you as a carer?

Legal rights for carers

  • be treated with respect and considered as a partner with other care providers.
  • work and be supported by employers.
  • use public spaces and businesses without discrimination – the Australian Human Rights Commission has a guide to anti-discrimination in Australia.
  • complain about services.

What support mechanisms are there to help carers?


  • Carer Payment. Income support payment for people whose caring responsibilities prevent them from undertaking substantial paid employment.
  • Carer Allowance.
  • Child Disability Assistance Payment.
  • Carer Adjustment Payment.
  • Carer Supplement.

What are the legal responsibilities of a carer?

You may also need to manage the legal affairs of the person you care for. Carers may have different legal powers and responsibilities, depending on their role and the person they care for. The legal powers you may need as a carer can change over time, depending on whether the condition of the person improves or gets worse.

When do you need legal advice for someone you care for?

You may need legal advice if the person you care for: needs somebody to make decisions about their medical treatment, living arrangements or personal matters You can get legal advice from Legal Aid or from other expert legal services. Legal Aid commissions in each state or territory provide free services in family, criminal and civil law matters.

Do you have the right to share information with a carer?

If you are a carer, you have the right to: In general, you also have the right to information about the health of the person you care for. Health professionals are allowed to share information with patients and carers so that all can work together.

Do you need a power of attorney for a carer?

Guardians can’t make many decisions about legal or financial matters – these decisions usually need a power of attorney. A guardian can also apply to get a power of attorney. If the person you care for can still make decisions but might not be able to in the future, they should appoint an ‘enduring guardian’.

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