Additional Respite for carers funding 2023-25

When you’re caring for others, it’s important to take care of yourself as well. For thousands of Victorians, caring is a 24/7 job.

Who can apply:
Government, not-for-profit groups

Respite helps give unpaid carers a well-earned break and a chance to recharge, relax or take part in other activities.

Applications for additional respite funding are now open for organisations to deliver flexible respite for unpaid carers, particularly in regional Victoria, for 2 years from 2023 through to 30 June 2025.

Total funding of around $9 million is available each year for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 financial years through this application round. Eligible organisations can apply for amounts starting at $30,000 per year ($60,000 over two years) to deliver carer respite from 2023 to 30 June 2025.

Through this funding, the Victorian Government aims to increase the reach and accessibility of respite for carers across the state, particularly for carers in regional and rural Victoria and for carers from diverse communities.

The department encourages organisations to partner together to increase the range of respite services, including those that support:

  • carers in rural and regional areas
  • carers from diverse and multicultural backgrounds  
  • First Nations carers and communities.

Innovative approaches to service delivery with flexibility and creativity are encouraged.  

This funding is part of the Victorian Government’s $38 million investment over 4 years to provide more respite support for more unpaid carers across Victoria. The funding will deliver respite in flexible ways, supporting more unpaid carers to take a break at times and in ways that meet their needs.

Latest funding recipients can be viewed on the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing website.