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 – 10 June 2021

    10 June 2021

    Carers National News
    Carers National News 3 June 2021

    3 June 2021

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 27 May 2021

    28 May 2021

  • Media Release
    Women carers to be better supported in the workplace under a new program

    25 May 2021 – 192.71 KB

    In a win for women carers looking to combine work and care, Carers Australia has been announced as a grant recipient of the Federal Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

    Submission
    Carers Australia submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency consultation paper: Interventions for children on the autism spectrum

    21 May 2021 – 218.99 KB

    This submission is made in response to the consultation paper Interventions for children on the autism spectrum.

    Position Statement
    Budget 2021-22: What It Means for Carers

    13 May 2021 – 3.21 MB

    Carers Australia has created an overview of the 2021-22 Federal Budget measures that may affect carers.

20 June 2021

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Carer Gateway – Debaki’s Story
  • COVID-19 vaccine update
  • NDIS update
  • Include carers in vital discussions about opioids
  • People who provide care survey
  • July indexation supports for Australian families
  • National helpline for Australians with autism
  • New specialised eating disorder recovery centre
  • Free mental health workshop for NSW parents and carers
  • Mental health support for regional and remote NSW communities
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