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 – 22 April 2021

    22 April 2021

    Article
    Carers must be recognised by Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

    20 April 2021

    Carers must not be forgotten by the Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (the Committee), says the national peak body for Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers.

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 1 April 2021

    1 April 2021

  • Media Release

    20 April 2021 – 160.67 KB

    Carers must not be forgotten by the Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (the Committee), says the national peak body for Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers.

    Submission
    Carers Australia’s Response to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security

    7 April 2021 – 377.78 KB

    This submission has been informed by the National Carer Network and considers the impact of insecure or precarious employment and related economic issues on carers, and the impact of a person’s caring status on employment opportunities and flow-on individual and economic consequences.

    Submission
    Carers Australia submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme inquiry: Independent Assessments

    31 March 2021 – 260.49 KB

    Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme inquiry into Independent Assessments.

22 April 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Carers must be recognised by Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Carers Wellbeing Survey
  • COVID-19 vaccine roll-out update
  • Dealing with stress
  • Twelve aged care consumer peaks propose aged care reform plan
  • Effective communication techniques
  • Personal Wellbeing Index
  • Pause to NDIS independent assessments
  • Nominations for Queensland Carers Advisory Council open
  • Plan for future of quality dementia care
  • Respite grants open for ACT carers
  • Call for statements at NDIS public hearings
  • Youth Week
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