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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 2.65 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 – 10 November 2023

    10 November 2023

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 3 November 2023

    3 November 2023

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 27 October 2023

    27 October 2023

  • Submission
    Response to Department of Social Services Issues Paper: A stronger, more diverse and independent community sector

    17 November 2023 – 164.65 KB

    Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Government Department of Social Services Issues Paper: A stronger, more diverse and independent community sector. Carers Australia consider the current reviews into the not-for-profit and community sector vital to improving the outcomes and experiences of Australian communities, as well as the sustainability of the sector moving forward. Overall, Carers Australia is broadly supportive of all five focus areas identified by the Department and explored within the Issues Paper. Within this response we will address each focus area, considering our experiences as a Community Sector Organisation (CSO) and national peak body.
    Response to National Autism Strategy

    2 November 2023 – 185.15 KB

    Carers Australia supports the Australian Government's decision to develop a person and family-centred National Autism Strategy that addresses whole-of-life needs for autistic people. In response to the Strategy, we have made five recommendations to ensure carers are considered.
    Media Release
    Investment for Australia’s Carers

    19 October 2023 – 110.07 KB

    Carers Australia welcomes today’s announcement to increase support for Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers. The $3.8 million investment in a National Carers Strategy will provide a coordinated carer policy, removing geographical and agency boundaries for carers. It comes as Carers Australia launches its Carer-Inclusive Workplace Initiative aimed at creating a more inclusive, supportive workplace for Australian’s who provide unpaid care in the community.