2023 Carer Wellbeing Survey
About the Carer Wellbeing Survey
The Carer Wellbeing Survey asks people to share their experiences – past and present – of being a carer and the support services they use, including the Australian Government Carer Gateway. Participants can choose if they would like to complete a long or short version of the Survey and it is available in English, simplified Chinese, Arabic, Italian and Vietnamese.
The survey was designed in collaboration between the University of Canberra, the Department of Social Services, and Carers Australia. If you are interested in the results from the 2022 Carer Wellbeing Survey, read the Full report.
Frequently Asked Questions
Carers are responsible for taking care of the welfare of large numbers of vulnerable Australians, providing often challenging and complex caring duties. Researchers and advocates need to know more about how to support the wellbeing of carers, ensuring they have a high quality of life while providing quality of life to the people they care for. The national Carer Wellbeing Survey is addressing this gap; it seeks to build a comprehensive picture of the wellbeing of carers overtime, and how carers can best be supported.
The Survey is open to anyone over the age of 14 years who identifies as a carer – both currently caring or has been a carer in the past.
A carer is a person who looks after someone who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, dementia, terminal or serious illness; or who is frail or needs care due to ageing. Caring is not their employment, but done as a family member or friend.
This includes carers:
- Who have their own care needs
- Who are in multiple care relationships
- Who have employment and/or education commitments
- Aged under 25 years (young carers)
- Aged over 65 years, including ‘grandparent carers’
- From culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI+)
- Who are living in rural and remote Australia, and
- Who are no longer in a caring role (former carers).
Taking part will help us better understand how many people are providing different forms of care across Australia, and better understand the needs of carers.
This information will be used by Carers Australia to support their work advocating for carers across Australia, and by the Department of Social Services in understanding whether the new Carer Gateway service is appropriately reaching carers.
For information about how your privacy is protected, and further details about the funding and conduct of this project, please see the Information Sheet available through the survey link.
Survey Data Reports
Caring For Others And Yourself: 2022 Carer Wellbeing Survey – Full Report
10 October 2022 – 5.04 MBThis document provides the Full Report of findings from the 2022 Carer Wellbeing Survey, which surveyed nearly 6,000 carers across Australia during February-March 2022.
Caring For Others And Yourself: The 2021 Carer Wellbeing Survey – Full Report
11 October 2021 – 3.9 MBThis document provides the Full Report of findings from the first Carer Wellbeing Survey, which surveyed 5,800 carers across Australia during April and May 2021.