History

From a small group of carers who met in a church hall in Kew, Carers Victoria has grown into a vibrant peak body, representing and supporting caring families throughout Victoria.

History

From a small group of carers who met in a church hall in Kew, Carers Victoria has grown into a vibrant peak body, representing and supporting caring families throughout Victoria.

1992

Carers Association Victoria Inc. is established.

The first national Carers Awareness Week is held – the theme is Carers Need Care Too!

1993

A small office is opened in Richmond, and the first part-time staff are employed.

1997

Respite services are developed for the western metropolitan region, through the Carer Support Respite and Information program.

Carer Links West is officially launched in December 1997.

2000

While Carers Association Inc. remains a legal name, the organisation now operates as Carers Victoria.

2003

The Carer Counselling Program, a statewide service that provides counselling services specifically targeted for carers, commences in early 2003.

Carers Victoria's e-Bulletin is first sent out.

2004

Carers Victoria moves to its current premises in Albert Street, Footscray. The new office is officially launched by Victorian Minister for Aged Care, Gavin Jennings.

2005

Carers Victoria launches its website – the site reaches nearly 3 million hits.

217 carer support groups receive grants to fund local Carers’ Week activities and Melbourne Museum supported Carers Week by hosting a laughter workshop for carers.

5616 carer participants attend 230 workshops conducted by Carers Victoria’s Education and Training program.

2006

The inaugural Rotary Young Carer Scholarship Program kicks off, offering young carers grants of up to $500 to support their education.

The two-year pilot Employed Carers Project launches with partners Baptcare and Australia Post. Carers Victoria aims to explore the best ways to assist carers to balance their work and caring responsibilities.

2007

Carers Victoria is part of a 25-member delegation from the National Network of Carer Associations attending the International Carers Conference in Toronto, Canada in June 2007.

The value of pro-bono support and gifts-in-kind obtained for Carers Week 2007 is in excess of $50,000 - a significant indicator of the increase in community support and recognition of carers.

2008

Carer Links West becomes known as Respite Connections

2009

Carers Victoria now has over 5,000 members, including carers, former carers, support groups and organisations.

The Australian Government’s Inquiry into Better Support for Carers produces a report “Who Cares?” with 50 recommendations providing a work plan for the next 4-5 years. Of the 1200 submissions to the inquiry, more than 600 are from Victoria.

2010

Carers Victoria’s new website launches

The Hon Bill Shorten, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, visits Carers Victoria to meet with older carers and discuss their needs.

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Hon Jenny Macklin, visits Carers Victoria to make an announcement about Centrelink’s Carer Supplement payment. The Minister later sits with 32 carers and discusses supported accommodation, respite and the need for better consultation with carers.

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

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