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 – 29 July 2021

    29 July 2021

    Millions Of Reasons To Care – National Carers Week 2021

    29 July 2021

    Carers Australia and the National Carer Network are excited to announce ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ as the theme for National Carers Week 2021. 

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 22 July 2021

    22 July 2021

  • Factsheet
    Young Carer Bursary Program – Organisation’s Information Pack

    29 July 2021 – 2.95 MB

    Media Release
    Millions Of Reasons To Care – National Carers Week 2021

    29 July 2021 – 162.75 KB

    Position Statement
    Analysis of the Australia Government response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report: Care, Dignity and Respect

    7 July 2021 – 456.99 KB

    An overview of the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report and what it means for carers.

29 July 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Secret Life of Carers podcast launching tomorrow
  • Millions of Reasons to Care – National Carers Week 2021
  • The Young Carer Bursary is opening soon!
  • Mindfulness course for mental health carers
  • Mindfulness on demand
  • The Census is happening in August
  • Don’t Wait Mate campaign
  • COVID-19 update
  • FoCCuS4HEART research project
  • Chill Online term one
  • DonateLife Week
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