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Carers NSW

Carers NSW is the peak non-government organisation for carers in NSW which works collaboratively to lead change and action for carers.

With a focus on improving the lives of all carers, Carers NSW provides information, support, education, training, referrals, resources and coordination of supports for NDIS recipients.

Carers are friends, partners or family members who provide support to someone who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.

Carers exist in all communities and come from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and age groups. Young carers are children and young people under the age of 25 years. Hidden carers often do not identify as a carer or seek support for themselves.

There are approximately 2.65 million carers across Australia (about 11% of the population), including 854,300 carers in NSW.

Carers NSW is a not-for-profit registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Carers NSW receives funding from a range of sources including the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).

Vision and mission

The vision of Carers NSW is an Australia that values and supports all carers.

Carers NSW engages with carers and stakeholders across the State to provide support and to build sector capacity. Carers NSW goals are to:

  • be a leading carer organisation in which carers have confidence
  • actively promote carer recognition and support
  • actively support carers to navigate a changing service landscape that will be characterised by ongoing policy reform
  • promote connected community experiences and opportunities for carers that are inclusive of diverse carer groups
  • lead and advocate for carer-specific and carer-inclusive policy making, research and service delivery
  • continue to be a quality-driven, responsive and carer-focused organisation.

How Carers NSW can help

Services provided by Carers NSW include:

  • support and referral services
  • education and training
  • resources and information
  • Young Carer Program
  • NDIS support coordination
  • research, policy and advocacy
  • Carer Gateway service provider in NSW 4 region.

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Last reviewed: May 2020

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Carers NSW - Local government

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Carers NSW - Mental health support organisations

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It is common for carers to feel reluctant about using respite

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Carers NSW - Volunteer

Our volunteers help our administrative team send out our newsletter, Carers News, and other information to our members

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