The National Carer Recognition Bill passed through both houses of Parliament to be enacted as legislation on 28 October 2010.
The Act aims to formally acknowledge the valuable contribution that carers make to Australian society. It defines what is a carer and sets up reporting and consultation arrangements for certain public service agencies. The 'Statement of Australia’s Carers' sets out ten principles to guide how public service agencies and their funding providers should treat and consider carers.
It is part of a broader National Carer Recognition Framework that commits the Government to the establishment of national goals relating to carers, a National Carer Strategy, and three year action plans to improve policy and service delivery so that they better support caring families.
For the first time, Australia has a National Carer Strategy – the second element of the Australian Government’s National Carer Recognition Framework.
Along with the Carer Recognition Act 2010, the National Carer Strategy strengthens the commitment to recognise and respond to the needs of carers so that they have rights, choices, opportunities and capabilities to participate in economic, social and community life.
The position of Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers was formerly held by the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP from March to September 2013. This position appears to currently be vacant.
This position aimed to work to deliver the Government's election commitments for people with disability and their families and carers.