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.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) recently held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House...
Legislative changes have been made to ensure Queenslanders with disability are protected by the State Government’s quality and safeguard system under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, passed in Parliament on Tuesday...
Mental Health Resources 4 Carers Mental Health Resources 4 Carers is a website that aims to answer questions and provide coping support for those who are new to the mental health system in Queensland; have had a loved one unexpectedly diagnosed with mental illness or are in doubt in a caring...
The Centre for Applied Disability Research and National Disability Services Qld warmly invite you to an informal breakfast to discuss the current state of disability research in Australia and ways we can work together to develop effective strategies for knowledge translation about 'what works, for...
NDS Queensland is committed to assisting disability service providers to meet future market challenges, especially in the context of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reform. A key priority for providers preparing to transition from a block funded model to an individualised funding model...
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In the lead up to the July 2016 launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), community service organisations throughout Queensland are running 'participant readiness' workshops to assist people with disabilities, as well as their families and carers, to be prepared for what the NDIS...
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Queensland Government media release More than 20 people with disability will move out of public hospitals and health facilities, thanks to $2 million of Palaszczuk Government funding – with many moving back home in time for Christmas. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the funding...
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The NDIS early transition sites in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island is progressing as planned, with 10 new Local Area Coordinators this month. The Queensland early launch sites will deliver supports and services to children and young people under 18 years of age in Townsville and...
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The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy was recently released at the NDIS New World Conference. Technology is increasingly a part of everyone’s life, and for people with disability it can help them perform tasks they could not otherwise do, and to do this more safely and securely. It is allowing...
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COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a state-based organisation committed to advancing the rights, needs and interests of people as they age in Queensland. They work to create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to...

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