The Victorian Government has announced $16.8 million in additional funding to further support Victorians caring for a loved one with a mental illness or psychological distress.
New system foundations

The funding package includes $8 million for Tandem, the Victorian peak body representing mental health carers. This will help Tandem expand its successful programs and activities and increase its support and advocacy for carers. 

The overall funding includes an $8.8 million boost to the Mental Health Carer Support Fund. Tandem administers the Fund on behalf of the Victorian Government. 

The Fund helps carers to pay for expenses related to their caring role. This includes paying for formal respite from caring responsibilities, or bills to help alleviate financial stress. 

It can also be used to pay for activities that support the carer’s personal wellbeing, such as exercise, and counselling services.

As part of the uplift to the Carer Support Fund, $1.6 million will be made available across eight new family and carer-led centres. 

The centres are being developed to strengthen support for families, carers and supporters of Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress. This will further broaden funding access for carers in their community. 

Tandem is also funded to manage the Mental Health Carer Participation Register. The Register supports mental health carers to participate in mental health reform. 

This provides carers with an opportunity to use their lived experience and knowledge of the mental health system to contribute to the design of services that will support them and their loved ones.