Find answers to common questions about carer services, donations, membership and more. Can't find an answer to your question? Contact us and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Who is Carers NT?

Carers NT is a not-for-profit, community based organisation and registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of family carers living in the Northern Territory. We work collaboratively with the Carers Associations in each state and territory along with our partners to influence the development of policies and essential services in the Northern Territory.

What services does Carers NT offer?

Carers NT represents, supports and empowers the Northern Territory’s family carers. Carers NT provide a number of key types of services to assist carers in their caring role.

Who is a carer?

Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

Who is a Care Recipient?

The person the carer are providing support to. This could be a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who is frail aged.

Does the Care Recipient have to have a diagnosis?

No, a proven diagnosis is not always required. Carers NT can provide support for carers whose caring role is ongoing, or likely to be ongoing, for at least 6 months. The expectation of six months or more of care does not apply to a carer of a person who needs palliative care. The carer must be providing care or support to a dependent family member or friend.

I am a parent struggling with my kids, am I a carer?

If your child has a disability then you fit the criteria to register as a carer with Carers NT.

I am a foster carer, do I qualify?

If you are in a long term foster care role and if the child you are fostering has a disability then you fit the criteria to register as a Carer with Carers NT.

Do I have to be receiving a Carers Allowance or Centrelink payment to register with Carers NT?

No, you do not need to be in receipt of a Centrelink payment to register with Carers NT. However, if you feel you meet the criteria contact Centrelink.

Can you assist me with transportation?

Carers NT is not funded to provide transport. Transportation may be arranged as part of a Respite for carers on a case-by-case basis. Please phone us and ask to speak to one of our Respite Advisors for more information.

Do I have to register to access services?

Yes. Intake occurs through our Advice and Information service.

How do I become a member?

Anyone can become a member. Membership is free for carers and shows that you strongly support the work of Carers NT. There are three membership options available.

What is the difference between becoming registered and becoming a member?

Our strength is our membership. Carers NT offers many benefits to our members, and to people who are carers themselves or interested in supporting the non-profit community. Members also assist in setting the direction of the organisation, feed into policy development and provide oversight for Carers NT operations.

I am a young carer, can you help me?

Yes. Carers NT provide services and support for Young Carers aged up to 25 years old.

What if I need an emergency Respite on the weekend?

Emergency and short-term crisis Respite may be available if you are unexpectedly unable to continue to care for someone. There are many different situations where emergency respite care might be available.

Can you organise regular Respites for my family?

Carers NT has access to many sources of funding. Short Term and Emergency respite, and some more regular respite options. To find out more about what services you may be eligible for contact our Advice and Information Service.

Can you help me get a Companion Card?

You can apply for a Companion Card yourself by following this link to the Department of Health website. The Companion Card is issued in the name of the person who has the disability. Carers and service providers are not eligible to apply for a Companion Card.

Are you linked to Office of Disability?

Carers NT is a not-for-profit organisation and is not part of the Office of Disability. Visit the Office of Disability website for more information.

What sort of services can I access for the person I care for?

Carers NT provides support for carers. Some services Carers NT provides may be directly with the person you care for if this will assist you with your caring role, for example, in-home or out-of-home alternative care, including social and recreational activities for the person being cared for, that provide carers with a break from the caring role. Please call one of our respite advisors to discuss your individual circumstances.

How do I register for Better Start?

For information on Better Start please visit the Better Start website or call Carers NT and ask to speak to one of the Advisory Team who will provide you with all of the information required for registration and assist you with the process.

What is the criteria to become a volunteer?

We're always looking for volunteers to help carers around the Territory. Read more on our Volunteer page.

I want to donate to Carers NT, what would my donation be used for?

Your donation will be used to provide services to carers that fit outside our funding agreements.

Can I nominate where my donation goes too?

The Board of Governance would give consideration to specific requests from donors, with outcomes being advised.

Can I set up a regular payroll donation with my employer?

Yes, you can, please contact a member of our Finance team for banking details.

Can I leave a bequest in my will to Carers NT?

Yes, you can, all bequests are gratefully appreciated. Please contact one of our Finance team for further details.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, Carers NT is a registered Charitable organisation and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible, please request a receipt from a member of our finance team.

Major sponsors

  • Halikos Group
  • Southern Cross Television
  • Area 9 - Gold Sponsors - Golf Day 2018
  • Arthur J Gallagher Silver Sponsor Golf Day 2018
  • Paywise Gold Sponsor Golf Day 2018


Carers NT acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that Carers NT website and publications may contain images and references to deceased persons

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