The Department of Human Services administers the South Australian Carers Recognition Act 2005.
The Act acknowledges the important role of unpaid carers in the community. It sets out rules for government agencies and contracted organisations that provide services to carers and the people in their care. The rules cover things like recognition, consultation and support.
The Act requires State Government agencies to provide services that ensure:
- staff and associates are aware of carers' needs
- carers are consulted in the planning, delivery and review of policies and programs that affect them
- the relevant principles of the Carers Charter are followed.
Review of the Act
The Department recently led a review of the Act to gather feedback on whether it adequately recognises carers. The feedback provided will be used to inform recommendations to change the Act.
Consultation on the Act concluded on 15 December 2023.
For any enquiries regarding the review, email CarersActReview@sa.gov.au
SA Carers Charter
The SA Carers Charter is a schedule of the Act. It aims to ensure that carers have the same rights, choices and opportunities as other South Australians. The Charter's seven key principles are:
- Carers have choices within their caring role
- Carers' health and wellbeing is critical to the community
- Carers play a critical role in maintaining the fabric of society
- Service providers work in partnership with carers
- Carers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities need specific consideration
- All children and young people have the right to enjoy life and reach their potential
- Resources are available to provide timely, appropriate and adequate assistance to carers.
For more detailed information on carers' rights and legislation, see the sa.gov website.