Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    McGowan Government extends support for Grandcarers Assistance Program

    13/06/2018 9:00 AM
     
    • McGowan Government provides $125,000 to extend Wanslea Grandcarers Assistance Program
    • Grant agreement entered into by the previous government was due to end on June 30, 2018 

    The McGowan 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 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. Under an agreement entered into by the previous government, it was due to end on June 30, 2018.

     

    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. 

     

    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "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.

     

    "During this time, the department will review all programs provided to grandcarers to ensure their needs and those of their grandchildren are supported.

     

    "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."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6600