Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Have your say on new integrated carer support

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, is reminding carers, peak bodies and service providers to have their say on future services to support and sustain the work of unpaid carers, by providing feedback on the draft Service Delivery Model.

Mrs Prentice, said the focus of the draft Service Delivery Model is to provide more services to more carers, with a focus on supporting carers earlier.

“Continued public consultation is important to ensure the community has their say on the best way to deliver carer services and support,” she said.

“We have had significant interest in the model, with more than 2000 hits to the website in the first week of consultation; however I encourage any individuals or organisations that have not yet had their say to share their views.”

As part of the 2015-16 Budget, the Coalition Government announced the development of an Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services (the Plan).

The first phase of the Plan commenced in December 2015 with the implementation of CARER GATEWAY which helps carers access information about support available through a website, national phone service and interactive service finder.

The second phase of the Plan involves developing a new integrated carer support service system through a co-design process.

The draft Service Delivery Model sets out a new integrated carer support system and outlines the types of services and how they are proposed to be delivered in the future.

Feedback on the draft Service Delivery Model can be provided by participation in an online survey, or through making a written submission. The survey and submission process will close on 16 December at 5pm.

Once finalised, the draft Service Delivery Model will form the basis of a proposal for Government consideration.

To have your say, please visit DSS Engage at