Respite Support Packages

Respite Support Packages are intended to assist those parents and carers who are supporting their child with a disability at home.

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Respite Support Packages provide planning, case coordination and financial assistance to support family resilience and wellbeing. The program strengthens the capacity and efforts of parents and enhances recreational and social opportunities for the child or young person.

The packages can fund respite related services including in-home respite, community access and personal care. Limited funding can be allocated to continence products, equipment and recreation activities.

Who is eligible?

  • children and young people with a diagnosed disability and complex care needs, aged six to 25 years
  • children and young people who experience difficulty in accessing respite
  • children and young people who are not currently in receipt of any disability funded support package
  • children who reside in the Melton, Wyndham, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay local government areas in Victoria.

Priority access indicators include:

  • the need to strengthen or support the role of the family/carer or young person’s support network
  • the existence of multiple disadvantage within the family’s personal, social or community context
  • a sole parent or limited extended family support
  • a carer or child from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
  • a carer or child from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

How to access this service:

MacKillop has a limited number of Respite Support Packages. Due to the nature of this service, there is a lengthy wait for packages to become available.

For all enquiries, please contact disabilityintake@mackillop.org.au or call 03 9680 8444.