Changing policies & systems

We work hard to make sure that government, service providers and the community know about the issues that are important to caring families.

Changing policies & systems

We work hard to make sure that government, service providers and the community know about the issues that are important to caring families.

We are committed to ensuring that the voices and views of carers are included when government policy and service delivery systems are planned and evaluated.

Australia needs to recognise that people who provide care and the people they support and assist are interdependent. Supporting care within families and communities will provide dignity and choice for both groups.

What we want

We want:

  • Caring families to be more involved, as partners and experts, at the coal-face of service delivery.
  • Caring to occur without too great a cost to the health and well being of those who care.
  • Care services that encourage people with disabilities, their families and communities to flourish.

To achieve these aims we actively analyse and research the issues that are important to carers and gather feedback from carers and other data to help us to promote their interests in Victoria.

What we do

Our policy team:

  • Consults with family carers on key strategic issues.
  • Analyses and comments on Victorian and Australian government policies across the many sectors that affect the lives of caring families.
  • Pursues opportunities to represent the unmet needs of caring families to governments, policy makers, services providers and the broader community.
  • Lobbies for improvement in the recognition of and support for caring families through submissions and representations to Ministers.
  • Promotes the development and delivery of flexible services and carer-inclusive practices that better meet the needs of caring families.
  • Participates in and promotes research about carers and the people they care for.

We work closely with Carers Australia and the Network of Carers Associations on issues of state and national significance for carers.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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