The Carers Recognition Act came into effect on 1 July 2012 and officially recognises care relationships and the role of carers in our community.
The Act includes a set of principles about the significance of care relationships, and specifies obligations for state government agencies, local councils, and other organisations that interact with people in care relationships.
The Act defines a carer as someone who provides care to another person, and includes carers under the age of 18. Carers can provide care for a person who:
Read the factsheet: What the Carer Recognition Act 2012 Says
'The government’s Carer Action Agenda promises to move beyond recognition to reform… Carers Victoria will work with the government to hold them to their commitments on a long term Carer Action Agenda to ensure a focus on improving the wellbeing of caring families.' – Caroline Mulcahy, Carers Victoria CEO