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.

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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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My Learning Passport is a free online workshop, supporting people with intellectual or learning disability to start their journey towards the NDIS. It has been developed by the Queenslanders with a Disability Network. The 8 short videos are presented by peer facilitators Sam Matheson and Kane...
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The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) is offering free online palliative care through its new training portal. There are six modules which can usually be completed in around 12-15 hours, and are available at no cost to participants. Participants are provided with a...
This report of the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee was tabled on 31 August 2015 and is now available on the Queensland Parliament’s Tabled Papers database. Key recommendations from the report include: The development of an updated whole-of-...
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On 28 August 2015, Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke announced the Queensland Government’s support for the ‘Queensland NDIS non-government sector workforce strategy’ at a National Disability Services (NDS) National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) briefing in Brisbane. The Queensland...
Advocacy for Inclusion has developed the world's first Supported Decision Making app . The App, specifically built for people with disabilities, is designed to assist people to make their own decisions and control their own lives. Everybody has the ability to make their own decisions, but some...
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Older Queenslanders will have greater opportunities to connect with their family and the community through technology, with the launch of a new state-wide program aiming to help seniors navigate the digital world. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke and Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch...

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