Funded Family Care

Funded Family Care is health funding for some eligible disabled people to employ their parents or family members over 18 who they live with to provide them with their personal care and/or household management supports.

Funded Family Care changes 2020

On 7 July 2019, the Government announced that Funded Family Care will change in 2020. Find out more information on the Funded Family Care changes 2020.


How Funded Family Care currently operates

Funded Family Care allows payment of people to care for resident family members assessed as having high or very high needs relating to disability, long term chronic health conditions, mental health and addiction and aged care needs. Funded Family Care policies are administered by the Ministry of Health (Disability Support Services) and District Health Boards.

Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 provides that the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards have family care policies allowing persons to be paid for providing health and/or disability services to family members. It also limits the ability for complaints to be made to the Human Rights Commission and the Courts regarding breaches of the Human Rights Act 1993 relating to family care policies.


More about Funded Family Care

You can find out more about Funded Family Care through:

In this section

  • On 7 July 2019, the Government announced plans to change health service Funded Family Care in 2020. This page provides information on the changes. Read more
  • Detailed questions and answers on Funded Family Care, which funds some disabled people with high or very high needs to employ their parents or other family or whānau members they live with to provide them with disability supports. Read more
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