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 – 26 November 2020

    26 November 2020

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 19 November 2020

    19 November 2020

    Article
    Productivity Commission acknowledges the need for more recognition and support for mental health family and friend carers

    18 November 2020

  • Annual Report
    Carers Australia Annual Report 2019-20

    26 November 2020 – 3.76 MB

    Media Release
    Productivity Commission acknowledges the need for more recognition and support for mental health family and friend carers

    18 November 2020 – 152.69 KB

    Our media release regarding the Productivity Commission’s final report from its Mental Health Inquiry.

    Media Release
    Poor sleep health of unpaid carers adversely affecting wellbeing

    14 October 2020 – 170.9 KB

    The health and wellbeing of Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers is being negatively impacted by significant sleep disruptions, with some reporting as little as 3-hours sleep per night.

26 November 2020

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Implementation of NDIS reforms
  • New visitation guidelines for residential aged care
  • Every Australian Counts: Take action on NDIS assessments
  • Mental health services in Australia
  • Young Carers Connect
  • NDIS COVID-19 supports for South Australia
  • NDIS resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Progress report on disability support for NSW students
  • Mental health and disability support in Victorian Budget
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