ASSTA Carer Support Scheme

The Primary Carer Support Scheme aims to support members with primary carer responsibilities to present their work at significant national or international conferences, workshops, or symposia relevant to their careers. The award is for $500 and can be used to contribute to:

  • flights/travel for the dependent and an additional carer to accompany the applicant interstate or overseas;
  • dependent carer services in the location of the conference, workshop, symposium or fieldwork site;
  • alternative carer services in the primary carer’s home base.



(a) The applicant must be a member of ASSTA and must be financial with their membership fees for at least six months at the time of application.
(b) The paper must have already been accepted for presentation by the conference/workshop/symposium.
c) The applicant must be the first named author of the paper/abstract (principal investigator of the work).

(d) Please note that applicants are eligible for one ASSTA grant (excluding ASSTA event grant) per calendar year;
(e) Applicants will be required to provide the following details in their application:

  • proof of registration for the conference/workshop/symposium (i.e. payment of registration) 
  • a detailed rationale with the following subheadings;
  1. nature of participation in the conference
  2. justification of application for carer support in view of usual and extraordinary caring arrangements and detailing why particular costs are necessary. Describe, where appropriate, why alternative, less expensive options are not available, including care by other family members;
  3. budget and budget justification.

Award recipients must submit a conference report to the ASSTA newsletter within 3 months of conference/workshop/symposium attendance.



To apply, please email a copy of your paper, your confirmation of registration, and your rationale to the ASSTA secretary by 30th June 2019.

Contact ASSTA: Either email The ASSTA Secretary, or

G.P.O. Box 143, Canberra City, ACT, 2601.

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