What if I’m not eligible?
Generally, if someone is not eligible to join MyTime but wants to attend, they are free to attend as a guest. Attendance of guests, such as babysitters and grandparents, is at the discretion of the group and its facilitator, and members take priority over guests if groups approach maximum capacity.
It is not usually possible to accommodate members’ school-age children, although individual groups and their facilitators may make exceptions.
It’s best to discuss any questions you have about MyTime eligibility directly with the coordinator of your local group.
If you are unable to attend your group with your child, it may be worth exploring other options for support such as respite, so you can attend MyTime by yourself. For more information about respite go to:
- Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (phone 1800 052 222)
- Carers Australia
- Raising Children Network
If your child is 16 and over we would encourage you to contact the Carers Association in your state to explore other options for you.