The Victorian Coalition Government has honoured an election commitment with the introduction of new legislation recognising and valuing the role of carers in Victoria.
The Carers Recognition Bill 2012 recognises all carers, including young carers, kinship and foster carers, and people providing support and assistance for someone with a mental or chronic illness, and those supporting ageing parents, the frail aged or a person with a disability.
Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said “Carers make an enormous contribution to the community and they deserve support and recognition for what they contribute to Victoria."
Ms Wooldridge said that the Bill, which she outlined in Parliament, will raise the status
of these carers and care relationships in the community and sets out principles recognising
carers for their contribution.