This Hub brings together useful resources and links for families and carers that are supporting someone through accessing the NDIS through the psychosocial disability stream. 

Where to get support?

The good news is there are many organisations that focus on support for families and carers. We’d recommend you go to your state-based mental health carers organisation for a start:


Mental Health Carers Voice: http://www.carersvoice.com.au/

Mental Health Carers Voice is a program for mental health carers to inform service delivery and policy development in the ACT.

Mental Health Carers NSW: https://www.mentalhealthcarersnsw.org/

Mental Health Carers NSW is a non-government organisation that provides advocacy and support for families, relatives and friends of people who experience mental illness, living in NSW.

Carers NThttps://carersnt.asn.au/

Carers NT is the key organisation representing the Northern Territory’s estimated 30,000 family carers.

Mental Health Carers Arafmi QLD: http://www.arafmiqld.org/

Mental Health Carers Arafmi Queensland is a uniquely carer-based organisation formed by families who experience the loss, loneliness, stigma and isolation of caring for loved ones with serious mental illness.

Carers South Australia: http://carers-sa.asn.au/

Carers SA is the statewide ‘voice of family carers’, representing and providing valued service and support to family carers across the state.

Mental Health Carers Tasmaniahttp://www.mentalhealthcarerstas.org.au/

Mental Health Carers Tasmania (MHCTas) is a statewide leader in the provision of Mental Health carer support.

Tandem (formerly Victorian Mental Health Carers Network): http://tandemcarers.org.au/

Tandem is the peak body for families and carers of people experiencing mental illness and emotional distress in Victoria.

Helping Mindshttp://helpingminds.org.au/

Helping Minds provide quality, confidential support and services to children, youth, adults and families who are caring for someone with a mental illness or individuals who are affected by a mental illness.


Advocacy will likely become an important part of your journey as a carer, if it isn’t already. For carers advocacy may mean voicing your concerns if you feel you or your loved have been inappropriately treated or supported by local health services.  Explore more this carer’s advocacy toolkit:

Carers Advocacy Toolkit


Our stories

We’ve developed several stories of the carer’s journey of supporting someone with accessing the NDIS. Here is one such story, from Sam and Mei-ling:

The transcript for this video can be found here: Transcript – Sam and Mei-ling – English

More stories like this one are available on our Multicultural Hub.


More useful links

Carer Checklist - NDIS Planning Support Resource
NDIS Families and Carers Resources
Planning Conversation - Checklist
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers
Mental Health Carers Checklist
Resources for Carers
Carers Gateway - Wellways


To help support your application to the NDIS download the Reimagine Your Life Workbook

As you explore the 6 steps to accessing the NDIS, you will be guided to activities in the Reimagine Your Life Workbook, where you can complete questions and activities to support your application.

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