National Carer Strategy

In October 2023, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, announced the development of a National Carer Strategy (the Strategy), to deliver a national agenda to support Australia’s carers.

The Strategy will recognise the immense contribution of Australia’s unpaid carers to the community and provide a framework for coordination of carer policy across Commonwealth portfolios including aged care, disability, veterans’ affairs and mental health. It will be developed in consultation with carers across Australia to reflect the diversity of carers, the challenges they face and appropriately supports carers’ wellbeing, as well as their economic and social participation.

A National Carer Strategy Advisory Committee (the Advisory Committee) is being formed to support the development and implementation of the Strategy. The Advisory Committee will include carers with lived experience from diverse backgrounds as well as sector representatives from across a range of portfolios, including aged care, disability, veterans’ affairs, and mental health.

Consultation and Engagement

Throughout development of the Strategy, we will seek to hear from a variety of voices in the community through a range of consultation and engagement methods, such as via written submissions and roundtables. To stay updated on the development of the Strategy, and opportunities to have your say, please subscribe below.

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