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 over 2.7 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 – 6 August 2020

    6 August 2020

    Article
    Replacement value of unpaid care in Australia rises to $77.9 billion per year

    31 July 2020

    A new report commissioned by Carers Australia has confirmed that the estimated annual replacement value of all unpaid care in Australia has risen to $77.9 billion – an increase of 29% since similar research was last conducted in 2015.

    Article
    Further support needed for unpaid carers during COVID-19 pandemic

    24 July 2020

    A further one-off payment of $750 to all unpaid carers receiving carer payments across Australia would go some way to providing the support they need to continue caring during the ongoing uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic brings.

  • Factsheet
    What Will the NDIS Fund

    10 August 2020 – 269.08 KB

    Factsheet
    What is ECEI

    10 August 2020 – 494.39 KB

    Factsheet
    The Planning Meeting

    10 August 2020 – 225.57 KB

6 August 2020

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Young Carer Bursary 2021
  • Updated COVID restrictions for Victoria
  • Young carer profile
  • Replacement value of unpaid carers increases
  • Carers and COVID-19 report
  • Dementia in Australia
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It provides updates on upcoming events, and editorials on carer-related issues and relevant developments in related sectors and Federal politics.