Changes to Funded Family Care 2020


People with high or very high support needs relating to disability, long term chronic health conditions, mental health and addiction and aged care needs are eligible to pay a family member to provide their care.

Eligibility has expanded to include partners and spouses of those with high or very high support needs, children and young people under the age of 18, and the minimum age of a family carer has been lowered to 16.

These changes are in place from June 2020 for Ministry of Health Disability Support Services and District Health Boards.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Health website. If you have any feedback about the changes to Funded Family care, please email the Ministry of Health directly at with the subject line Funded Family Care. 


Published 13 July 2020