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Inquiry into the Recognition of Unpaid Carers

The value and impact of unpaid family carers is often not well recognised, resulting in a lack of support for some of the most valuable members of every community. That’s why Carers WA is seeking feedback from WA carers to inform our response to the Federal Inquiry into the Recognition of Unpaid Carers.

This Inquiry will examine the provisions and operation of the Australian Carer Recognition Act 2010 in relation to unpaid carers. This will include consideration of the Act’s effectiveness in raising recognition and awareness of the unpaid caring role, as well as its obligations on public service agencies, and the effectiveness of existing state, territory and international recognition of unpaid care.

About unpaid carers in WA
1 in 10 people in Western Australia is a carer, amounting to 320,000 people state-wide.

A carer is a person who provides support to another person who has disability, a medical condition (such as a terminal or chronic illness), mental health challenges, alcohol or drug dependencies, or who is frail and aged. This care is not provided as part of any volunteer or work contract.

Through the support that they provide to their loved ones, carers provide an incredible service to the community and significant cost savings to the healthcare system – to the tune of $77.9 billion per annum across Australia

Carers can provide feedback through the online survey here.

Carers can also participate in a online or in-person consultation session run by Carers WA on Wednesday 26 July, 2.00pm-4.00pm. To register please click here.

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