Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Submissions open for Carer Payment (child) review taskforce

The Howard Government is encouraging carers of children with a disability or severe medical condition to call on their own experiences to help to review the Carer Payment (child).

Carer Payment (child) is an income support payment for people who are unable to support themselves because of their caring responsibilities for a child with a disability or severe medical condition.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced that the expert taskforce reviewing the payment was now taking submissions.

"The taskforce is interested in better understanding the experiences of carers and the children they care for," Minister Brough said.

"Individuals and groups can make a submission outlining their experiences or concerns and there will be opportunities to participate in a series of focus groups across the country in June and July.

"The taskforce will consider the effectiveness of the payment in providing a safety net for carers of children under 16 years with a disability or severe medical condition.

"Tony Blunn heads the taskforce, bringing with him a wealth of experience from a long and distinguished career with the public service and through leading the 2005 Review of Telecommunications Interception.

"The taskforce will meet over the coming months to discuss submissions which will culminate in the release of a report by the end of November," Mr Brough said.

A Discussion Paper has been prepared to assist individuals and organisations who wish to have input, with an overview of some of the issues, discussion questions and a submission template. Submissions are required by close of business 27 July 2007.

For a copy of the Discussion Paper and information about how to make a submission or participate in a focus group please visit the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website.