Many organisations offer respite services for carers. You might also need respite in an emergency, if you or your carer is suddenly ill or unable to help.


A woman relaxing on the couch with a cup of tea

Respite is when someone else takes care of a person so that their carer can have a break.

A girl and her carer

Respite is a good break for:

  • carers
  • the person they care for.

A woman packing to go on holiday

You can get:

  • planned respite
  • emergency respite – if something happens and your carer can’t care for you at the moment.

Select your state or territory below to find out more information.