A chance to show appreciation for carers
Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy.
National Carers Week provides you with a chance to show your appreciation for carers in Australia.
A chance to learn and raise awareness about carers
Help raise awareness this National Carers Week by inviting workmates, friends and family to an event to help recognise carers, what they do and how they can access services and supports.
Organise a morning or afternoon tea, fundraiser or workshop to raise awareness of the diversity of carers and caring roles in Australia.
By Carers Australia, for the carers of Australia
National Carers Week is an initiative of Carers Australia, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS). Carers Australia organises and coordinates National Carers Week with the assistance and participation of the state and territory Carers Associations.
A chance to share your story as a carer
If you’re a carer, you can share your caring story below – the more we share, the louder our voice will be! Imagine the impact if we had a personal story for every one of Australia’s 2.65 million carers.
A recent history of National Carers Week
The official awareness-raising week for Australia’s unpaid family and friend carers has been held every year since 1992. The first of its kind to raise public awareness of the important and challenging role of carers, it was then known as Carer Awareness Week and had the theme ‘Carers Need Care Too!’ Growing year-on-year since, this important week is now approaching its 30th year.
National Carers Week 2020
This year we are again asking carers across the country to Tell Us Why You Care, so that we may publish their experiences and raise further awareness of unpaid carers. In this way we can provide a window into the realities of those performing such valuable caring roles across Australia and celebrate their tremendous contribution to our nation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Quickly find answers to some of the most common question around caring and National Carers Week.
Who are carers?
Carers are a family member or friends who provide unpaid care and support for someone that has a disability, chronic condition, terminal illness, is frail aged, has a mental health illness, or alcohol or other drug related issue.
Anyone can be a carer, but many people don’t identify as one. Caring may include help and support with a range of daily activities, including dressing, showering, arranging doctors’ appointments or managing medications.
Carers are an important part of Australia’s health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems.
How can I get involved in National Carers Week?
There are a number of ways to get involved this National Carers Week.
Check out our Get Involved page to find out all the ways you can get involved.
Who is Carers Australia?
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the state and territory Carers Associations.
Our vision is an Australia that values and supports the contribution that carers make both to the people they care for and to the community as a whole.
I think I might be a carer, where can I find support?
If you are a carer, you can get help and support from the government and other organisations.
Carer Gateway provides a range of supports and services to carers around Australia. On their website you can access information and advice, peer support, free counselling, coaching and training. Each region in Australia has a Carer Gateway service provider who can let you know what supports and services are available in your area.
Carers Australia has a range of resources available on our website, which will help you learn more about the NDIS, and general carer wellbeing.
If you are a carer under the age of 25, you can find a range of supports and services, including the Young Carer Bursary program, on the Young Carer Network.
What events are happening near me?
National Carers Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the diversity of carers and caring roles in your local community.
There’s a variety of events and activities taking place around Australia throughout National Carers Week, and you can find one near you via our interactive map.
N.B. the staging of these events is subject to any public health restrictions implemented at the time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.