Local councils, community health services and volunteer organisations can provide help of different kinds.
For instance, some local councils provide home help services including:
- household cleaning
- gardening and other property maintenance
- delivering meals
- patient transport
- child care
- respite care (providing carers with a break from their caring role).
Community health services can also link you to financial advisers, social workers and other types of support. Some states and territories also have other organisations that provide these services.
One way to check if the above services are available in your area is to use the Australian Government's States, Territories and Local Government directory. This directory links to the main government entry points, contact directories, departments and agencies lists and their local government (council) directories.