The 2022-23 Federal Budget was delivered on 28 March 2022 with no dedicated new funding provided to address carers specific needs.
Unpaid family and friend carers saved the Australian economy $77.9 billion in 2020. That was before COVID and the impacts on the community it brought with it.
Yet these 2.65 million Australians were completely forgotten in the 2022-23 Federal Budget, which also did not outline long-term reform for carers or prepare for the 23% growth in demand for primary carers by 2030. Carers simply cannot continue to plug the gap in supports for someone who has a disability, chronic or life-limiting illness, is frail aged, has a mental illness, or alcohol or other drug related condition without better and ongoing supports for their own health, wellbeing and financial security.