Submission
Response to Australian Government Department of Education Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System

10 August 2023 – 185.85 KB

Our response aims to provide the Review Panel with a deeper understanding of the perspectives of Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers and the education system. As such, this response primarily covers the questions raised in Chapter 2: Improving student outcomes, and Chapter 3: Improving student mental health and wellbeing, of the Consultation Paper.
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Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework

6 July 2023 – 336.24 KB

Carers Australia's submission to the Australian Government Joint Committee on Human Rights: Inquiry into the Australian Human Rights Framework raised that carer’s rights are not well reflected in the United Nations treaties which are the basis for much of the Framework.
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Response to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs (Legislation Committee): Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Safety Net) Bill 2023

4 July 2023 – 910.77 KB

Carers Australia's response to the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Safety Net) Bill 2023, which will amend the Social Security Act for some of the cost-of-living support measures in the 2023-24 Budget. Within we raise issue with definitions and highlighted that recipients of any social security payment may also be a carer, not only those that receive the Carer Payment or Carer Allowance. As well as questioning why, an increase did not also occur for the Carer Payment in the recent Budget, and again asked for a broad review of economic and financial support for carers.
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Response to the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Consultation: A New Model for Regulating Aged Care Consultation Paper No.2

23 June 2023 – 331.2 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to stage 3 of the consultation process to develop the new regulatory model for aged care by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department), specifically to provide comment on the second consultation paper with details of the proposed model (the Consultation Paper). We applaud the actions to increase protections for older people and empower them to exercise their rights in the context of a reformed and improved aged care system, and firmly believe these rights must be outlined in a Statement of Rights to be included in the new Aged Care Act.
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Response to the Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme: Proposal Paper on NDIS Participant Safeguarding

19 June 2023 – 278.55 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS Review) Proposal Paper NDIS Participant Safeguarding (the ‘Paper’). Carers Australia is committed to the rights of people with disability and seeks to work with the NDIS Review to ensure that NDIS participants are safe, empowered and aware of their rights. It is our role as Carers Australia to provide information to the NDIS Review from a carer1 lens, and recognising that as our focus, we are encouraged to see the Paper identifying that building strong natural safeguards is important.
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Response to Australian Government Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: Inquiry into Assessment and Support Services for People with ADHD

9 June 2023 – 243.67 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Government Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Barriers to consistent, timely and best practice assessment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and support services for people with ADHD. Our primary focus for this response is to ensure accessible and inclusive access to ADHD assessment, diagnosis and support services for both people with ADHD and their carers.
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Response to the Senate Select Committee Inquiry: Provision of and Access to Dental Services in Australia

5 June 2023 – 336.49 KB

Adequate dental care, both for carers and those they care for, is high on the list of unaffordable and difficult to access services, even when knowing that poor oral health and dentition can have profound consequences on an individual’s health. We urge the Committee to recognise carers and their specific issues and needs, including the role they play in supporting oral hygiene and dental health for the people they care for.
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Response to the Australian Government Senate Select Committee on Cost of Living Inquiry

12 May 2023 – 997.17 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Senate Select Committee on the Cost of Living (the Committee). While the effects of this crisis are felt throughout the nation, we wish to draw the Committee’s attention to the specific cost of living pressures faced by Australia’s carers1, who account for more than 12.5% of the population.2 We request that this submission is considered as an addition to other research and submissions discussing the experience of the wider population and other vulnerable or at-risk groups – carers may also be experiencing these issues when you consider the diversity of carers, caring relationships and the people receiving care.
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Response to Australian Government Early Years Strategy Discussion Paper

28 April 2023 – 311.48 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Discussion Paper for the Australian Government Early Years Strategy (the Strategy). Carers Australia mirrors the view of Minister Rishworth published within the Discussion Paper, that “Every child deserves the opportunity for the best start to life; a chance to achieve their goals and dreams.” This strategy is of great importance not only to children and families around Australia, but also to the proportion of Australia’s 2.65 million carers1 that provide care to children under 5 who are experiencing disability, developmental delay or showing signs of developmental delay.
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Carers Australia response to the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality

19 April 2023 – 147.57 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to consultations regarding the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality (the Strategy). Our organisation represents the 2.65 million people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental ill health, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.
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Carers Australia response to the Productivity Commission Carer Leave Inquiry Position Paper: ‘A case for an extended unpaid carer leave entitlement?’

28 March 2023 – 1.21 MB

Carers Australia welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Productivity Commission’s Position Paper ‘A case for an extended unpaid carer leave entitlement?’ (Position Paper) 1. However, before we can address the draft findings, draft recommendations and information requests, we must raise a number of fundamental concerns.
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Carers Australia response to the Australian Government Senate Select Committee on Education and Employment ‘Inquiry into The National Trend of School Refusal and Related Matters’

22 March 2023 – 222.13 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Australian Government Senate Select Committee (the Committee) on Education and Employment Inquiry into The National Trend of School Refusal and Related Matters. We appreciate the Committee’s decision to re-open submissions to the inquiry as the extended timeframe for consultation has increased the accessibility of engagement.