Carers Australia

The voice for carers across Australia

  • 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 – 23 September 2021

    23 September 2021

    A little support makes a big difference this Dementia Action Week

    21 September 2021

    Carers Australia is calling for greater support for people living with dementia and their carers during this year’s Dementia Action Week.

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 16 September 2021

    16 September 2021

  • Media Release
    A little support makes a big difference this Dementia Action Week

    21 September 2021 – 194.04 KB

    Strategic Plan
    Carers Australia Constitution August 2021

    3 September 2021 – 310.53 KB

    Recruitment Flyer for Young Carer Bursary Study

    13 August 2021 – 126.06 KB

23 September 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Meet the National Carers Week 2021 Ambassadors!
  • The Young Carer Bursary closes next week
  • A little support makes a big difference this Dementia Action Week
  • Free meal guide for carers
  • New report into the impact of dementia in Australia
  • COVID-19 update
  • The Carer Navigator
  • Additional support to support Australians with eating disorders
  • Wellbeing report
  • Feedback open for Victorian Disability Act
  • Your questions answered: Electronic Prescribing
  • Moving Pictures launch
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