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Our key highlights from the Federal Inquiry into the Recognition of Unpaid Carers in Australia report

April 4th, 2024

Categories: Blog

The recent release of the report from the Federal Inquiry into the Recognition of Unpaid Carers in Australia marks a significant step forward for Young Carers in Australia, and we couldn’t be more excited about the progress it represents.

Here are some of our favourite key highlights:

  1. Expanding the Definition of Carer: The report recommends specifying that a person can be in multiple care relationships and explicitly recognises children and young people under the age of 25 who provide care as Young Carers. This is a crucial step in ensuring that Young Carers receive the support and recognition they deserve.
  2. Inclusion in the Statement for Australia’s Carers: It’s essential that Young Carers are explicitly recognised in national policy documents. We’re thrilled to see this recommendation, as it will help raise awareness about the unique needs and experiences of Young Carers.
  3. Consistent Definition of Carer: Having a national, consistent definition of carer across legislation, data collection, and reporting is vital for ensuring that Young Carers are accurately identified and supported.
  4. Exploration of Enforceable Rights for Carers: The report proposes further exploration of establishing enforceable rights for carers through legislation. This is a step towards ensuring that carers, including Young Carers, have consistent access to the support and resources they need.
  5. Priority Areas for the National Carer Strategy: Identifying priority areas for the forthcoming National Carer Strategy will help focus efforts and resources where they are most needed, ultimately benefiting Young Carers and their families.

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Committee Members for their dedication and hard work on this project. We also want to recognise the late Peta Murphy MP for her influence on the Inquiry and the invaluable contributions of our Young Carers, Jacqueline and Hudson, whose presentations at a Public Hearing have been quoted in the final report!

Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to other Young Carers and Little Dreamers staff, both past and present, who contributed to the report through written submissions. Your voices have been heard, and your advocacy is making a real difference in the lives of Young Carers across Australia.

You can read the full report here.

Maddy

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