New carers card!

Without carers, many Australians would struggle to cope with simple day-to-day tasks. Finally, the Victorian Government has recognized the great work carers do and the financial struggle they often face. The introduction of the Carer Card should help ease the burden of these unsung heroes.

From 1 August 2010, eligible carers can apply for the Victorian Carer Card which will entitle them to receive offers on house and home products, travel, retail and food, automotive and services such as dentists, insurance and eye care. To be eligible a carer must be:

• a resident of Victoria and a primary, unpaid carer of a person with a disability, a severe medical condition, or a mental illness, or who is frail aged or who is in need of palliative care. This care must be provided in the home of the person requiring care

• a foster, respite, kinship or permanent carer in receipt of a DHS reimbursement payment

• a kinship carer

Applications can be made online at, or eligible carers can request a form be mailed to them by calling 1800 901 958, or by emailing {encode=”[email protected]” title=”[email protected]”}