Make a Difference by Becoming an Alternative Family Carer

Alternative family carers (AFC) play a special role in the lives of children with disability and ensure they are given a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

Senses Australia is currently in search of full-time AFCs for both children and adults. If you are a reliable, empathetic and compassionate person who would like to make a long-term commitment to nurture a child’s development and growth and/or provide a stable and supportive environment for a grown-up with disability, we would love to hear from you.


To become an AFC, you will undertake a comprehensive assessment. We will guide you through the requirements and conditions related to becoming an AFC.

Before the assessment process can commence, potential AFCs have to complete a series of security checks, including:

  • Working With Children
  • Form 395 Security Check (which is conducted by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support)

A Family Support Coordinator will meet with the potential AFC on several occasions to complete a number of questionnaires and case studies to determine their suitability for the role. A Home

Practical Checklist will also be completed to ensure it is both a safe and suitable environment.

Once the assessment has been completed, the Coordinator will recommend the potential AFC if it is decided that they will be suitable for the role. The assessment process takes between 4 to 6 months.

It is desirable you have some knowledge of, or experience in working with people with disability and/or complex needs, however this is not essential.

AFCs will be provided intensive support, initial and ongoing training and financial reimbursement to assist you to enrich the adult and/or child’s quality of life.


To apply to become an AFC, click here.