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There are a number of services set up to assist people who are just starting to look for respite in the Southern Region.

Department of Human Services - Information and Referral

Free call 1800 783 783 or TTY 1800 008 149, between 9.00am–5.00pm Monday to Friday.

This is the first point of contact at the Department of Human Services for people with a disability, their carers, or other services providers wishing to access information or support services. They provide information about disability related issues, community supports and a range of general and disability specific support.

Department of Human Services Disability Information and Referral team webpage

Alfred Health Carer Services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1800 052 222 (Free call except from mobiles)

Alfred Health Carer Services provides 24 hour carer support and access to planned and urgent respite for carers living in the southern region of Melbourne.

For more information, visit the website of Alfred Health Carer Services at:

Local Councils

Respite is available in many forms. Your local Council is a key contact if you are seeking respite in the home, or to ask about any other services they offer.

Services will vary between Councils.  Contact your Council to discuss the available options. Below is a list of telephone contacts for each council in the southern metropolitan region:

  • Bayside City Council (Information and Intake) : 03 9599 4381
  • Cardinia Shire Council (Mecwacare): 03 5941 5454
  • City of Casey (Referral and Intake): 03 9705 5444
  • Frankston City Council (Referral and Intake): 03 9784 1933
  • Glen Eira City Council (Intake): 03 9524 3333
  • City of Greater Dandenong (Information and referral): 03 8571 5502
  • City of Kingston (Intake): 03 9581 4876
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire (Referral and Intake): 1300 850 600
  • City of Port Phillip (Respite Care): 03 9209 6429 or 9209 6592
  • Stonnington City Council (Intake and Information): 03 8290 3224


Search for respite services using the Respite Finder tool.  Add in some details, including the age of the person, their disability and what type of respite you're looking for and you will get a list of service providers you can contact .