Carers Australia

The voice for carers across Australia

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We work to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience and financial security of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and government.

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  • Who we are

    Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level.

    What we do

    Carers Australia advocates and lobbies on a wide range of issues that affect carers. We also manage the delivery of national programs, support and services for carers across Australia.

    We work in collaboration with carers, Carers Associations, government and peak bodies to develop policy, advocacy, programs and events to improve the lives of Australia’s 2.7 million carers.

  • Who is a carer?

    Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

    What does a carer do?

    Commonly, carers are responsible for the management of medications. Carers provide emotional, social or financial support. Caring may also involve helping the person they are caring for to be organised, reminding them to attend appointments and dealing with emergencies.

    Carers provide 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care per year in Australia

    There are currently 2.65 million unpaid carers in Australia

    The replacement value of the unpaid care provided is $77.9 billion per year in Australia

    287,000 primary carers provide 40 hours or more of unpaid care per week

  • Carers National News
    Carers National News – 13 May 2021

    13 May 2021

    Article
    Increased funding for respite and support services for carers welcomed

    11 May 2021

    The Treasurer’s announcement tonight of an additional $798.3 million to support carers of the aged has been welcomed by the national peak body for Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers.

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 6 May 2021

    6 May 2021

  • Position Statement
    Budget 2021-22: What It Means for Carers

    13 May 2021 – 3.21 MB

    Carers Australia has created an overview of the 2021-22 Federal Budget measures that may affect carers.

    Media Release
    Increased funding for respite and support services for carers welcomed

    11 May 2021 – 175.68 KB

    The Treasurer’s announcement tonight of an additional $798.3 million to support carers of the aged has been welcomed by the national peak body for Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers.

    Factsheet
    Factsheet 5: How can I help someone living with pain?

    7 May 2021 – 354.71 KB

13 May 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Increased funding for respite and support services for carers welcomed
  • Budget guide for carers
  • Aged Care in the Federal Budget
  • NDIS in the Federal Budget
  • Mental Health in the Federal Budget
  • Caring for someone living with pain and taking opioids
  • Social Connections
  • COVID-19 vaccine update
  • MND Week
  • National Families Week
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It provides updates on upcoming events, and editorials on carer-related issues and relevant developments in related sectors and Federal politics.