National Carers Week – Celebrating our unpaid Carers
This week we acknowledge the vital support Carers provide to our community, by celebrating National Carers Week 2022.
There are ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ and show our appreciation for Australia’s 2.65 million Carers, 245,000 of whom are here in South Australia.
Unpaid and younger carers
Did you know that of the 1-in-8 Australians providing unpaid care to family members or friends, that 861,000 are primary carers, and approximately 72 per cent are women?
We should also consider the needs of the 30,000 young Carers in SA (aged under 25) who experience unique barriers to accessing services and opportunities that any other child or young person has in Australia.
Government supports for carers
The Australian Government’s Carers Gateway is the national support model providing Carers with practical resources, they can access a range of online supports to help manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for the future.
The Department of Human Services administers the South Australian Carers Recognition Act 2005, and funds the Community Connections Program, which invites Carers to connect with others through social activities.
The Act sets out rules for Government agencies and organisations to guide their interactions with Carers. South Australia’s Carers Charter is a schedule of the Act, and ensures 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.
Are you a Carer? Do you know one, or are you supported by one?