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 – 20 January 2022

    25 January 2022

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 16 December 2021

    17 December 2021

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 9 December 2021

    17 December 2021

  • Media Release
    Who carers for carers?

    28 January 2022 – 189.34 KB

    Carers Australia and the National Carer Network are calling on all political parties to commit to addressing the needs of Australia’s 2.65 million carers ahead of the Federal Election in 2022 as outlined in a Federal Election Platform and 2022-23 Budget submission.

    Position Statement
    Carers Australia’s 2022-23 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

    27 January 2022 – 689.25 KB

    This pre-Budget submission outlines a range of investments for Government to consider to better support carers. This document complements our 2022 Federal Election Platform document.

    Position Statement
    Carers Australia’s 2022 Federal Election Platform

    27 January 2022 – 421.89 KB

    Ahead of the 2022 Federal Election, Carers Australia seeks change so that carers of all ages and experiences can have the same quality of life as other Australians, so they can live their best lives.