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

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    Carers Australia submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency – Consultation paper Supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential

    23 February 2021 – 236.05 KB

    This submission is made in response to the consultation paper 'supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential'.

    Submission
    Carers Australia submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency – Consultation papers Access and Eligibility Policy with independent assessments and Planning Policy for Personalised Budgets and Plan Flexibility

    23 February 2021 – 262.12 KB

    This submission is made in response to consultation papers Access and Eligibility Policy with independent assessments and Planning Policy for Personalised Budgets and Plan Flexibility.

    Strategic Plan
    Carers Australia Strategic Plan 2021-23

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18 Februrary 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for carers
  • Pfizer vaccine arrives in Australia
  • AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in Australia
  • Vaccine roll-out for older Australians
  • Multilingual pandemic advice line for older Australians
  • NDIS quarterly report
  • Disability Royal Commission progress report released
  • Increased privacy protections for participants in Disability Royal Commission
  • Australian Aged Care Collaboration
  • Additional reform to protect older Australians in aged care
  • Rare Disease Day
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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.