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
    Joint statement on Equal Access to Assistive Technology

    25 January 2022 – 2.54 MB

    We call on the Australian Government to establish a harmonised and nationally consistent assistive technology program in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

    Media Release
    Carers Australia thanks outgoing Chair and CEO

    2 December 2021 – 152.51 KB

    Carers Australia is today celebrating the leadership of its outgoing Chair, Ms Sonia Rutnam and outgoing
    Chief Executive Officer, Ms Liz Callaghan.

    Annual Report
    Carers Australia Financial Statements 20-21

    18 November 2021 – 688.02 KB