The National Carer Strategy, which includes $60 million new funding, was launched at Carers Victoria on 3 August.
The Strategy sets out how governments, business, health and community professionals and the wider community will work cooperatively together to achieve this vision. It is supported by the Australian Government and all State and Territory Governments.
New funding to be delivered under the National Carer Strategy includes:
- $42.6 million to extend automatic eligibility for the Carer Allowance (child) for around 2,200 carers of children with Type 1 Diabetes who are aged between 10 and 16 years.
- $10.3 million to continue the Carer Adjustment Payment, a one-off payment for families who, following a catastrophic event involving a child aged 0-6 years, need additional support to cater to the needs of their child.
- $2.9 million to improve access to the Carer Supplement for carers who are working when the Supplement is paid in July each year, which will help carers to maintain paid employment.
- $2.1 million to ensure fairer access to Bereavement Payment, which will provide some assistance to carers receiving Carer Allowance and an income support payment at the difficult time following the death of the person they are caring for.
- $1.6 million for a national and targeted campaign to raise awareness of the role of carers.
The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas launched the Strategy, along with speakers Abigail Elliott and Carers Australia President Tim Moore.
Read the Ministers' joint media release here
Read Carers Australia's media release here
Download the National Carer Strategy here (1MB)