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WHATHelp and advice for grandparents raising grandchildren, kinship carers and foster carers.
WHYTo help grandparents, kinship and foster carers receive payments and services related to taking care of children.
WHEREGrandparent Adviser Line. Services Australia.
Department of Social Services. Australia.

Program Description

“Being a grandparent carer is more than helping parents with babysitting or school pick-ups. If you’re a grandparent carer, you may be able to get extra assistance.”

“One of the problems that grandparents have is they’re no longer young, and at the end of the day looking after grandchildren, they’re probably exhausted. And then the same thing starts again, you know: the next day you’ve got to get the kids to school, and there may be very little time for yourself.”

“It’s essential for grandparents to look after themselves because if they’re not in good health, then how are they going to look after their grandchildren?”

-source: video: ‘Grandparent Carers: Looking After Yourself’

Benefits and services for grandparents raising grandchildren include:

  • The cost of raising children.
  • Child Care Subsidy - child care costs.
  • Health care and Medicare including discount medications.
  • Family Tax Benefit.
  • Parental leave pay

The Grandparent Adviser Line can be reached at 1 800 245 965.

Grandparents as Parents Programs
Elderly Caregiver Education and Training Programs
Elderly Caregiver Support and Assistance Programs
Caregiver Films and Documentaries




Find out more about the Grandparent Adviser Line

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