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 – 15 October 2021

    15 October 2021

    Article
    Help identify hidden young carers this National Carers Week

    15 October 2021

    Educational institutions around the country are being encouraged to identify and support young carers in their classrooms with the help of a new toolkit from Australia’s peak body for unpaid carers.

    Article
    Calls for GPs to help improve carer wellbeing this National Carers Week

    14 October 2021

    Carers Australia are asking General Practitioners and other medical professionals to help improve carer health and wellbeing through social prescribing.

  • Media Release
    Help identify hidden young carers this National Carers Week

    15 October 2021 – 170.06 KB

    Educational institutions around the country are being encouraged to identify and support young carers in their classrooms with the help of a new toolkit from Australia’s peak body for unpaid carers.

    Media Release
    Calls for GPs to help improve carer wellbeing this National Carers Week

    14 October 2021 – 172.12 KB

    Carers Australia are asking General Practitioners and other medical professionals to help improve carer health and wellbeing through social prescribing.

    Media Release
    The importance of having access to support for unpaid carers is clear

    12 October 2021 – 183.06 KB

    Recent outcomes from a survey conducted by Carers Australia and the University of Canberra has identified that unpaid carers are lonelier, in poorer physical and mental health, and are less likely to be employed compared to the average Australian.

15 October 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • National Carers Week 2021 – That’s a wrap!
  • Our National Carers Week Ambassadors
  • The importance of having access to support for unpaid carers is clear
  • A message from the Prime Minister
  • A message from the Minister of Families and Social Services
  • A message from the Governor-General
  • Calls for GPs to help improve carer wellbeing this National Carers Week
  • Help identify hidden young carers this National Carers Week
  • Support for carers in the workplace – webinar
  • Your Voice Your Choice 2021
  • Young Carer Bursary Survey
  • World Mental Health Day
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