Welcome to the Community Door information portal on carers.

There are close to 500,000 carers in Queensland who support family and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. Carers make a valuable and important contribution to our community by supporting people with a need for assistance.

On average, primary carers spend approximately 40 hours per week providing care. Without respite or additional support, many carers find it difficult to take a break from their caring role. Grandparents can also be carers where they are the primary caregivers and decision makers for their grandchildren who live with them, assuming a parenting role for a second time.

Carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and all parts of the state.

Carers can face challenges as part of their caring role, including education, employment, financial, social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

People may not always want to reveal their caring role to others. Community attitudes sometimes associated with disability, mental illness and caring may prevent carers from disclosing their caring role. Many carers may also see their caring role as a personal responsibility they have within their extended family and community.

You can find many resources, information and support on the Australian Government's Carer Gateway website.

This section provides useful information for carers including current news, resources and legislation.

Carers Link Holiday Care Program provides group supported accommodation for people with disability, in holiday apartments across Brisbane, Bribie Island, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. This program allows families and clients to access valuable respite, and can be booked throughout holiday...
ADA Australia has announced its inaugural national conference, themed Human Rights and Social Justice: Shifting Client Control, which will be held in March next year at the Gold Coast. Offering a world-class program of aged care, disability and guardianship leaders, the conference will bring...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...
This publication from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) presents information from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). Disability The disability prevalence rate in Australia has remained relatively stable over time, with 18.3 per cent of people reporting disability in 2015,...
MS Queensland has led the collaboration of 11 Progressive Neurological Disease organisations, called The NeuroCare Network - we are working together to provide better outcomes for Queenslanders living with progressive neurological and neuromuscular disease. The NeuroCare Network is hosting a Q&...
Alzheimer's Australia Victoria has launched a new virtual reality smartphone app that will enable family carers and the wider community to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia. The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE, pronounced Eddie) app, launched Thursday...
In 2016, The Smith Family received important funding from the Queensland Government which has enabled it to expand its existing Learning for Life Tertiary Scholarship Scheme and create the Care2Achieve Scholarship for Young Women Leaving Care . The Care2Achieve Scholarship is for young women moving...
The National Disability Insurance Agency have translated information about the NDIS into ten languages other than English. The resource is the My NDIS Pathway Brochure . My NDIS pathway is a guide to becoming an NDIS participant. This information helps participants to understand the path they will...
agedcare101 is a new website covering everything you need to know about aged care. It is comprehensive, intuitive, reliable and free. You are almost certainly facing some new and challenging decisions, either about your own life or someone close to you. This is where agedcare101 comes in...
The Aged Care Legislation (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill passed the Australian parliament on 3 March 2016. Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA) has summarised the key points of the document and highlights how the reform will help in transitioning to a system that is more market-based...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
Carers Queensland, in collaboration with Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA), the Public Trustee, the Office of the Public Guardian and Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), has launched a series of five new videos to help people better understand advocacy and legal...
Aged care is an important component of Australia’s health system. The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) considered that significant reform is needed to the aged care system, including its relationship to the rest of the health system, if it is to meet the challenges of an...
Carers Australia has launched a Work and Care initiative which aims to help carers to combine employment with their caring responsibilities. It also aims to assist long-term carers to transition into employment when their caring role ceases or is reduced. A key aspect of this initiative is a...
Did you know that there are approximately two young carers in every classroom? Many young carers find that their overwhelming responsibilities at home affect their ability to keep on track at school. Young carers are less likely to complete high school if they do not receive any support, which...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
Ring of paper children including some in wheelchairs
Author: 
Kristian Schader, Calxa

With the impending roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) looming large in Queensland, some Not-For-Profit service providers in the Townsville region are expressing a feeling of isolation and of being somewhat disconnected.

Responding to this need, Calxa...

Author: 
Marlene Butteriss, Queensland Council of Social Service

With so much talk over the last couple of years about people with a disability and their family having more ‘choice and control’ over the supports and services they receive there have been some new terms and concepts introduced like self-direction, self-managed and self-directed funding. Some...

Carer
Author: 
Marlene Butteriss, QCOSS

There has a been a lot of talk lately about ‘person centred’ approaches and ‘self-direction’ in the context of disability services, particularly with the advent of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but what do these terms really mean and why are they important?

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A screenshot of the Care Opinion website
Author: 
Michael Greco, Care Opinion Australia

Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

Nandjimadji art group
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

The three booklets tell the stories of innovative and positive service delivery practices that meet the cultural needs of their...

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