Reviewing laws to better recognise NSW carers

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka has encouraged people to have their say on laws created to better recognise the more than 850,000 carers in New South Wales.

 

Consultation for the statutory review of the Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 starts today and ends on April 15 2016. The Act aims to recognise carers, creates the NSW Carers Charter and establishes the Carers Advisory Council.

 

“Carers are some of our community’s unsung heroes. The care and support they provide help their loved ones live rich, fulfilling and independent lives. Sadly, at times, carers don’t get the recognition, respect and thanks they deserve,” Mr Ajaka said.

 

“This review is a chance to take stock of our progress in better recognising carers. I want to make sure we have the right laws in place to help support greater carer recognition and appreciation.”

 

Approximately one in ten or more than 850,000 people in NSW are carers. More than 100,000 carers in NSW are young carers aged under 25 years.

 

Research by Access Economics estimates that the hours of care provided by unpaid carers across Australia would cost more than $60 billion to replace.

 

The statutory review of the Act will be discussed at a meeting of the Carers Advisory Council at NSW Parliament House today. The Council will also be discussing the National Disability Insurance Scheme and how to better support carers.

 

The Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 compliments the NSW Government’s “NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019”. The Strategy is a five-year plan to help ensure carers are respected and valued, have the time to care for themselves and have the same right and opportunities as other members of the community.

 

To have your say see www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au.

 

29 February 2016.