This report describes the supports and services available to formal and informal out-of-home carers, including existing qualitative evidence from carers, in order to: analyse current gaps in support; build an understanding of carers’ needs and priorities; understand the barriers to undertaking a caring role.
The key questions for this project are: What financial and non-financial support and/or services are currently provided to both formal and informal out-of-home carers? What are the gaps and inequities in the current support system? How do formal and informal out-of-home carers access and experience both Australian and state/territory government services and support? What are the needs and priorities of different groups of carers, and what barriers are there in undertaking a caring role?
The report comprises: an inventory of financial and non-financial support for formal and informal carers (based on information provided by the Commonwealth and each of the states and territories); descriptions of the barriers to the caring role; a review of existing qualitative research on carers’ experiences of supports and services, service gaps and inequities; examples of good practice in out-of-home care (OOHC).