Carers Australia

The voice for carers across Australia

Carers driven to thoughts of ending the lives of family members with advanced dementia

23 July 2015

A report covering the issue of homicide ideation among family carers of people with dementia has been published in Ageing and Mental Health journal.  It explores the circumstances under which carers of people with dementia may have thoughts about ending the life of the person they care for (sometimes in conjunction with thoughts about suicide).

Early involuntary retirement hits carers

8 July 2015

A research paper released today by the Productivity Commission highlights that many Australians are forced to retire involuntarily due to caring responsibilities.

Appointment of an Expert Advisory Group to guide the development of a National Carer Gateway

24 June 2015

Carers Australia welcomes the announcement of a new Expert Advisory Group which is to guide the co-design of the National Carer Gateway announced in the Federal Budget.

Government provides additional Young Carer Bursaries to meet high need

22 June 2015

An additional 150 young carers began to receive bursary payments last week in response to the high demand and need for financial assistance to participate in education evidenced in the first round of Young Carer Bursary applications for 2015.

Greater Consumer Choice across Community Aged Care Programmes Welcome

12 May 2015

Carers Australia, along with other members with the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), welcomes the announcement that, from 2018, the Home Care Packages Programme and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will be integrated into a single, integrated community care programme to serve the needs of the aged and their carers.

Carers Australia encouraged by plan for integrated carer supports

12 May 2015

Tonight’s Federal Budget announcement that the Government will be investing $33.7m over 4 years in an Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services (IPCSS) for Australia’s family and friend carers promises to bring with it a range of benefits to the 2.7 million Australians who provide care to one or more people with  disability, a chronic health condition, a mental illness or disorder, a terminal illness,  or who are frail aged.

“A place to proudly call home for people with disability” – release of the Every Australian Counts survey

24 April 2015

The release today of the Every Australian Counts survey on housing needs and preferences for people with disability provides a vivid account of the shortfall in suitable housing in this sector and its impacts on individuals.

150 extra young carer bursaries for 2015

2 April 2015

In response to the high demand for bursaries in the 2015 application process, the Government has committed an additional $450,000 for a further 150 bursaries at $3,000 each.

Carers Australia Federal Budget Submission 2015-16

6 February 2015

Carers Australia has made a submission to the Australian Government recommending a number of actions which we hope will be incorporated into the 2015-16 Federal Budget. 

Increased support for people suffering severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia will benefit carers

4 February 2015

Carers Australia welcomes Assistant Minister Fifield’s announcement that the government will use the remaining $54.5 million from the over-subscribed and now defunct Dementia Supplement to provide support to residential aged care providers through mobile teams of clinical experts, which will assist residents experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (known as BPSD).   

Carers Australia welcomes the release of the National Carer Strategy

3 August 2011

Carers Australia welcomes the release of the National Carer Strategy today by the Australian Government.

Carer Recognition Bill passed – a significant step forward for Australia’s carers

28 October 2010

Carers Australia welcomes the passing of the Carer Recognition bill through the Senate yesterday. The Carer Recognition Bill establishes a legislative framework to increase recognition and awareness of Australia’s 2.9 million carers.