Carers Victoria is the statewide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria.
In Victoria, there are over 736,600 carers who provide an invaluable contribution to the people whose lives they touch as well as the wider community.
For over 25 years Carers Victoria has been working to ensure these hardworking carers are supported in their daily lives and aim to improve carers health, wellbeing, resilience, and financial security.
As the peak body for carers, we represent and support caring families throughout Victoria by working directly with them and collaborating with government, businesses and other community organisations to improve services, systems, and supports. Our support extends to connecting carers to a wide range of services, including counselling, funding support, respite, education, and training.
As the voice of carers, we encourage partnership with government and the health and community sectors to enhance service provision and improve the conditions for carers through policy development, research and advocacy so that their contribution to the Victorian community and economy is recognised and caring becomes a shared responsibility of family, community and the government.
An Australia that values and supports all carers.
We work to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and government. We want to support carers better; we want to make carers' lives better.
- Financial Sustainability
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Research and Evidence-based Outcome.
Our Values and Principles
Carers Victoria's values and principles provide a touchstone against which individual, team and organisational behaviour can be aligned:
- Respect and Dignity
- Honesty and Confidentiality
- Empathy and Compassion
- Equity and Diversity
- Integrity and Accountability
- Courage and Fortitude.
Our Core Business
Carers Victoria is recognised and funded as the leading body for carers and caring families in Victoria.
We work collaboratively with Carers Australia and the other State and Territory based Carer Associations to represent and advocate and provide carer services on behalf of carers throughout Australia.
Our core work includes:
- Being the 'voice' of carers
- Raising awareness of carers and caring in our communities
- Being the place to go for all carers and for information about carers
- Providing effective, quality services and programs to support the needs of carers and the people they care for
- Create innovative services and products to meet the needs and service gaps for carers and the people they care for
- Working to represent all carers, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, carers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, and LGBTIQA+ carers
- Research, policy development and effective advocacy.
The Way We Work
Carers, the people they care for and their families are at the centre of everything we do; we support carers self-directing their services.
Our work is undertaken in close collaboration with carers, our member associations and strategic partners; working towards a common goal.
We act with integrity, ensuring accountable and ethical organisational practice.
As a national network our work encourages personal growth and empowerment of carers, the people they care for and their families.
We celebrate diversity and strive to provide inclusive services, recognising that carers come from all walks of life and have different needs.
We strive for innovation, and continuous improvement.
We achieve our mission through awareness raising, advocacy and the delivery of carer services.
We utilise and integrate digital technologies.
Carers Victoria provides a range of services and supports to carers. Get to know some of our staff working in different functions across our organisation including advisory and access, education, counselling and carer support.