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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These packages are funded via the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Western Divsion.

Please note: Respite Support Package Coordination is not the same Flexible Support Packages.

What we can offer:

Respite Support Packages provide planning, case coordination and recurrent financial assistance to support family resilience and wellbeing, strengthen the capacity and efforts of parents and to enhance recreational and social opportunities for the child/young person.

The packages can fund respite related services including in-home respite, community access and personal care. Occasionally, limited funding can be allocated for continence products, top-up for 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.

The priority of 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 background
  • a carer or child from an Torres Strait Islander background.

Children and young people who have needs that require whole of life planning and financial support exceeding $9,000 should be registered for supports through the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Disability Support Register (DSR).

How to access this service:

MacKillop has a limited number of children and young person’s Respite Support Packages which are allocated to existing clients.

Enquiries are accepted from various sources including families, schools, medical and other service providers.

To make an enquiry, contact the Respite Planner on (03) 9680 8444.

If the child or young person is deemed eligible for service and the guardians consent has been received by the worker, a nomination is taken. The child is then placed on a register until a package is made available.

Due to the nature of this service, there is a lengthy wait for packages to become available.

A package may become available through MacKillop in instances where an existing client: 

  • moves into Shared Supported Accommodation (SSA)
  • is allocated an Individualised Support Package through Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), in which case they become ineligible for a Respite Package
  • no longer wants the package.