Two major party candidates in Bass have expressed support for the plight of grandparent kinship carers who say they are open to addressing the myriad of challenges experienced by these families.
The Examiner's Raising Grandchildren series has uncovered the financial, psychological, legal, medical and social issues faced by grandparents raising grandchildren.
Financial and other supports are available from both state and federal governments, but not all kinship carers receive support and some grandparents face many hurdles to receive any assistance.
Incumbent Labor member for Bass Ross Hart said he will look deeper into the issues affecting grandparent carers, and is committed to finding a solution.
Mr Hart said he was seeking to understand the full range of impediments to receiving support.
"It may be necessary to make changes to legislation, either on a state basis or a Federal basis. If that is required I will be lobbying for the necessary changes to be made," Mr Hart said.
"It is not a simple issue to solve but I'm committing to understanding the problem and getting a solution to it."
Bass Liberal candidate Bridget Archer said she was open to addressing the challenges of grandparent carers.
"I'm happy to speak with all parties in relation to these matters, and obviously talk about what we might be able to do to assist in the way forward."
The Greens released a six-point plan to assist grandparents earlier this month, which recognised the inequality between formal kinship carers, who care for children under court orders, and informal carers.
They called for a new Commonwealth grandparent carer payment, payable to all kinship carers.
Also, a review of the Centrelink Grandparent Advisers service, better access to respite, improved access to existing supports and investment in prevention.