Information - Carers

Useful information and links for carers

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre/CarerLinks North

The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre / CarerLinks North are three co-located services providing free information and assistance to carers and the broader community in the Northern Metropolitan sub-region of Melbourne (which includes the municipalities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra). 

To learn more click here.

Carers Victoria

Carers Victoria is a statewide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria. To learn more click here.

Carer Card Program

A collaboration between the government, businesses and the community, the Carer Card Program gives recognition, understanding and support to Victorian carers.  The program has a wide range of discounts and benefits on offer from businesses, the local government and community organisations.  Cardholders are also entitled to free travel on public transport on a Sunday plus two return off-peak travel vouchers each year.  For more information click here.

Companion Card

The Companion Card is a tool to assist organisations that charge an admission or participation fee to comply with existing anti-discrimination legislation.  The Companion Card is issued to people with a significant, permanent disability, who can demonstrate that they are unable to access most community activities and venues without attendant care support.

The card contains a photograph of the cardholder and can be presented when booking or purchasing a ticket at events and venues, provided the cardholder requires attendant care support in order to participate at that particular activity. Participating organisations will issue the cardholder with a second ticket for their companion at no charge. The forms can be downloaded into different languages. For more information click here.