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Carers NT is a not-for-profit, community based organisation and registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of family carers living in the Northern Territory. We work collaboratively with the Carers Associations in each state and territory along with our partners to influence the development of policies and essential services in the Northern Territory.

Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

The person the carer is providing support to. This could be a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who is frail aged.

No, a proven diagnosis is not always required. Carers NT can provide support for carers whose caring role is ongoing, or likely to be ongoing, for at least 6 months. The expectation of six months or more of care does not apply to a carer of a person who needs palliative care. The carer must be providing care or support to a dependent family member or friend.

Carers NT provides support for carers. Some services Carers NT provides may be directly with the person you care for if this will assist you with your caring role, for example, in-home or out-of-home alternative care, including social and recreational activities for the person being cared for, that provide carers with a break from the caring role. Please call one of our respite advisors to discuss your individual circumstances.

If your child has additional needs then you may fit the criteria to register as a carer with Carers NT.

If you are in a long term foster care role and if the child you are fostering has additional needs then you may fit the criteria to register as a carer with Carers NT.

Yes. Carers NT provide services and support for young carers aged between 5 and 25 years old.

Carers NT has access to various sources of funding. Short term and emergency respite, and some more regular respite options depending on your caring role. To find out more about what services you may be eligible for contact one of our Advisors today.

Registration for Better Start is now closed. Better Start funding is transitioning to the NDIS. Carers NT facilitates Early Days Moving Forward workshops to support families and increase community understanding of specific information about the transitioning pathways to Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and a NDIS Plan.

Please visit the Better Start website http://www.betterstart.net.au/... call Carers NT and ask to speak to one of the Advisory Team who will provide you with further information.

You can apply for a Companion Card yourself by following this link https://nt.gov.au/wellbeing/di... to the Department of Health website. The Companion Card is issued in the name of the person who has the disability. Carers and service providers are not eligible to apply for a Companion Card.

Carers NT is a not-for-profit organisation and is not part of the Office of Disability. Visit the Office of Disability website for more information. https://health.nt.gov.au/profe...

No, you do not need to be in receipt of a Centrelink payment to register with Carers NT. However, if you feel you meet the criteria contact Centrelink.

https://www.humanservices.gov....

Yes. Registration can be completed online via this link or by contacting one of our Advisors and arranging to complete registration over the phone or face-to-face.

Anyone can become a financial member of Carers NT. Membership shows that you strongly support the work of Carers NT.

We encourage you to become a financial member so you can receive information to stay informed on what is happening at Carers NT.

Membership is renewable annually in July each year.

Become a financial member

We're always looking for volunteers to help carers around the Territory. Read more on our Volunteer page

Your donation will be used to provide services to carers that fit outside our funding agreements.

Donate to Carers NT

Yes, Carers NT is a registered Charitable organisation and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible, please request a receipt from a member of our finance team.

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