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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2022 Federal Election information

  • 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 2.65 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 – 30 June 2022

    30 June 2022

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 23 June 2022

    23 June 2022

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 16 June 2022

    16 June 2022

  • Submission
    Response to DSS’ National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-25

    8 July 2022 – 299.6 KB

    Carers Australia and the National Carer Network to provided feedback on the draft National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-25 (NDAF) to the Department of Social Services through their platform, DSS Engage.
    Media Release
    Carers Australia appreciates Bronte Campbell’s support on Celebrity Apprentice

    15 June 2022 – 214.92 KB

    Carers Australia is delighted that experienced carer Bronte Campbell chose us for her charity on the 2022 season of Celebrity Apprentice.
    Media Release
    Caring for carers in the new Ministry

    1 June 2022 – 197.74 KB

    Carers Australia, the national peak body for unpaid carers, welcomes the appointment of the Albanese Government’s ministry. CEO Alison Brook said, “we look forward to working with the Ministers for Social Services, Health and Aged Care, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Employment and Workplace Relations, Housing, Homelessness, Women, and Youth in order that carers may be recognised and truly supported to live full and healthy lives.”