Hon Judi Moylan

Budget 2004 - Pearce carers to benefit from extra support across Australia

Member for Pearce Judi Moylan jointly launched the National Carer Counselling Program with the Minister for Ageing, The Hon Julie Bishop, in January. This program aimed to “care for our carers.” Ms Moylan sees programs which support our carers as paramount, that’s why she welcomed last night’s Federal Budget which will provide extra help for those dedicated across Australia to making someone else’s life a little easier. The Government announced funding of $255 million for a one-off carer bonus to be paid to eligible carers in June 2004, in recognition of their role of caring for a person with a disability. Recipients of the Carer Payment, at the payment date, will receive a $1000 bonus payment and recipients of the Carer Allowance will receive a $600 bonus payment. The bonus is tax-free. The Carer Allowance will be expanded at a cost of $107 million over four years. This will enable carers who provide at least 20 hours of care per week to a person with a disability, but do not live with the care recipient, to receive the carer payment. Respite for older carers will be provided through a $73 million over four years. Parents over 70 who provide primary care for a child with a disability will be guaranteed access to four weeks of respite per year. Up to two weeks respite per year will be available for a primary carer parent aged between 65 and 69 who needs to be hospitalised. Young carers, under 25, will benefit from expanded access to in-home respite care in addition to advice services. This program will cost $27 million and aims to allow them to continue with education and training.

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