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Representing Your Views

We work hard to ensure that government, service providers and the community know about the issues that are important to caring families.

In addition to working with the ACT Government, other government bodies and agencies, Carers ACT makes a significant contribution to national submissions prepared by Carers Australia and the Network of Carers Associations. We may also advocate on national issues that are of particular importance to caring families in the ACT.

In addition to policy submissions made through consultations with carers, we regularly communicate and meet with relevant ministers and political parties to brief them on evidence-based issues of concern to caring families.

ACT Agenda

The priorities for our local campaign continually change based on the needs of carers and development of the service system. Some of the priorities we have campaigned for in recent years include supported accommodation, tenancy and support for people with complex needs related to their disability, respite care services in the ACT; post school options and mental health reform.

ACT Carers Strategy

In 2017, we worked alongside the ACT Government to identify the priorities to be included in an ACT Carers Strategy which aims to support the nearly 50,000 family or friend carers living in the ACT.

The ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028 is a framework for the ACT Government, government agencies, and community organisations to support and improve outcomes for ACT carers.

The Carers Voice Panel, which helped develop the Strategy, reflected the diversity of Canberra’s carers. Carers of all ages, culturally and linguistically diverse carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, and carers with disability participated and were heard.

The ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028 summarises the Strategy Framework.

National Agenda

Carers ACT also provides input to Carers Australia and the Network of Carer Associations to develop policy position statements. Examples of recent priorities are:

  • aged care reform
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • carers income support
  • mental health reform
  • grandparent carers
  • work and care

View Carers Australia policy publications to keep current with national reform.

Latest Policy Submissions

Implementing the ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028 – October 2018
Carers ACT submission to ACT Government 2019-20 – ACT Budget Implementing the ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028 – First Three-Year Action Plan October 2018

Response to ACFA on Carers Respite – April 2018
Carers ACT Response to Australian Government Aged Care Financing Authority’s (ACFA) Consultation Paper on carers and respite care

NDIS implementation in the ACT (March 2018)
Carers ACT submission to ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Social Services Inquiry on the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the ACT

Carers ACT 2018-19 ACT Budget Submission (October 2017)
Carers ACT submission to ACT Government 2018-19 Budget – A Canberra that cares for carers – an ACT Carers Strategy

What do ACT mental health carers need from mental health clinicians (August 2017)
One recurring issue in mental health carer advocacy has been that mental health carers feel confused, unsupported, overwhelmed and/or excluded by the very mental health system that treats the person they care for.

Inquiry into school to work transition (July 2017)
Carers ACT Submission to Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Training.

Submission re Inquiry into the extent nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT (June 2017)
Carers ACT Submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs

Restrictive Practices (March 2017)
Carers ACT comment on: An overview of restrictive practices, and the key issues for consideration in relation to the establishment of an Office of the Senior Practitioner.

Carers ACT NDIS and Carers Survey Report (February 2017)
Is the National Disability Insurance Scheme supporting unpaid carers of people with a disability?

Carers ACT 2016 ACT Election Booklet
Carers ACT seeks commitment by all political parties and candidates to recognise the vital contribution carers make to our community and economy by developing and implementing an ACT Carers Strategy.

Carers ACT 2017-18 Budget Submission December 2016
Response to the ACT Government’s invitation to comment on priority commitments for its 2017-18 Budget.


Choice and Control – A Caring Perspective Colleen Sheen, Senior Policy Advisor, Carers ACT

The Carers Summit: Supported Living Options – Five Years On – Colleen Sheen, Senior Policy Advisor, Carers ACT

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