WA continues support for Grandcarers Assistance Program

The Western Australia Government has announced it will provide Wanslea with $125,000 to extend the Grandcarers Assistance Program for an additional 12 months.


A review of all programs provided to grandcarers will also be undertaken by the WA Department of Communities during this time, to ensure the needs of grandcarers and their grandchildren are supported.


The program provides some respite, counselling, training and workshops, home help and education assistance.


Grandcarers are legally, biologically or culturally defined grandparents, who are at least one generation removed, and have assumed the full-time, primary care of their grandchild through a private arrangement. 


Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said, "Grandcarers in Western Australia provide love and care to their grandchildren in often difficult and traumatic circumstances.


"I am pleased to confirm that the McGowan Government will extend the program for an additional 12 months.


"In addition to the Grandcarers Assistance Program, all grandcarers can apply to receive $400 per year for the first child in their care and $250 for other children in their care annually through the Grandcarers Support Scheme.


"There is also a one-off establishment payment of $1,000 per child for informal relative carers through child protection services."


13 June 2018.