Carers Australia

The voice for carers across Australia

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.

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.

National Disability Research Partnership Welcome but Needs to Include Carers

22 June 2020

The National Carer Network and Carers Australia welcomes today’s announcement of a National Disability Research Partnership.

New CEO for Carers Australia

2 June 2020

Liz Callaghan has been announced as the new CEO of Carers Australia.

Survey of family and friend carers reveals them doing it very tough during COVID-19 pandemic

21 May 2020

A survey of family and friend carers conducted by the Caring Fairly campaign has revealed that carers have faced a very high level of challenges to their finances and wellbeing.

Funding to support carers of people with mental illness during the pandemic appreciated

18 May 2020

The Government’s announcement on Friday that $3.5 million will be available to support family and friend mental health carers under the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan is most welcome

ACT legislation to protect vulnerable Canberrans

8 May 2020

Carers ACT and Carers Australia support legislation to protect aged people and people with disability against abuse. However, immediate referral of those suspected of abuse to the criminal justice system is in many cases neither an appropriate nor effective approach to dealing with these circumstances.

Consultation on draft Aged Care Visitor Access Code

1 May 2020

A Visitor Access Code to ensure a nationally consistent visitation policy to residential aged care homes during the COVID-19 crisis has today been released by aged care peaks and consumer advocacy organisations for consultation with the public.

Carers Australia welcomes the Australian Greens’ call to extend the Coronavirus Supplement to the Carer Payment and Disability Support Payment

17 April 2020

Carers Australia welcomes the call from the Australian Greens to apply the $550 a fortnight Coronavirus Supplement, which will be available to a number of Centrelink income support recipients, to those receiving Carer Payment and the Disability Support Pension.

Coronavirus priority testing must include paid care workers in people’s homes

7 April 2020

Carers Australia believes all paid carers and volunteer carers must be eligible for priority coronavirus testing including those who provide care in the home.

People dependent on the Carer Payment also need the Coronavirus Supplement

30 March 2020

Carers Australia has been receiving many representations from carers on the Carer Payment who are concerned and upset that their needs have not been sufficiently considered in income support measures which have been introduced to compensate for the impact of the coronavirus.

Woolworths set new standard in pandemic response

16 March 2020

Carers Australia congratulates Woolworths for accommodating the needs of people with disability and the elderly by introducing temporary early opening hours between 7 and 8am.