History

Over the years Carers NSW has grown into a vibrant peak body, representing and supporting carers across NSW.

Carers NSW Timeline

1976

Clare Stevenson forms a Carers Committee within the Council on the Ageing NSW.

1980

Carers Association of NSW, the first of its kind in Australia, becomes an independent body.

1981

Carers Association of NSW becomes a registered charity.

1985

Carers' Pension becomes available to carers.
Home and Community Care Program (HACC) is established.

1987

Carers Association of NSW receives funding through the HACC Program and part-time staff are appointed. Volunteers continue to form the core of the Association.

1989

Carers Association of NSW becomes an incorporated body.
Inaugural Clare Stevenson Memorial Lecture is delivered - now an annual event.

1990

First annual Carers NSW Conference is held in Sydney.

1991

Low cost telephone support is extended to regional carers in partnership with IDEAS (Information in Disability and Education Awareness Services, NSW).
Carer Support Groups increase in number across NSW.
The Association moves from Surry Hills to larger premises in the Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross.

1992

Australian government budget funds the Carers Information Kit which is distributed throughout NSW by the Association and later published in eleven community languages.
Commonwealth Respite for Carers Program is funded.
Inaugural National Carers Week celebrations and activities are held.

1993

Plans for a national body, the Carers Association of Australia, take shape.
Resource manual for carer support groups produced.

1994

Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carer Support Kit.
Facilitation of the NSW Carers Coalition - service providers who influence government policy and practice.

1995

The Association sponsors Ngara (to hear and to listen) Aboriginal Carer Support Service in Western Sydney.
Non English Speaking Background (NESB) Research Project investigates issues faced by NESB carers in Western Sydney.
NESB Carer Support Kit Program commences.
The Association moves from Kings Cross to larger premises in York Street, Sydney.

1996

Funding is received to implement the Young Carers Project.
Carer directories are launched for sixteen regional areas in NSW.
Telegroup counselling is piloted under the Action Research Counselling Project.

1997

NSW Carer Resource Centre is established.
The Carers Association of NSW is renamed Carers NSW.

1998

Telegroup counselling has commenced with Young Carers.
Carers NSW awarded for work with rural carers of persons with a mental illness.
Carers NSW participates in first international conference for carers held in London.

1999

Carer Profile is developed to make carer assessment easier for support services.
Carer Checklist funding is received to educate general practitioners about carers.

2000

HACC receives a significant increase in funding in the State Budget.
Work with hidden carers continues with projects such as Koori Carer Yarning, Connections (for families dealing with disability in remote areas), and After Hours Carers' Line.
Carers NSW moves again to larger premises in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

2001

A joint venture with Carers NSW and the Salvation Army's Salvo Care Line provides a free after hours Telephone Counselling and Support Service for carers.
Multicultural Carers Alliance formed.

2002

Carers Mental Health Project commences.
Carers NSW wins the International Best Practice Award at the Third International Carers Conference in Washington for the Young Carer Project, Koori Yarning Project and Telegroup counselling.

2003

Peak body status is granted to Carers NSW.
Carers NSW is invited to sit on Intergenerational Caregiving panel in Washington DC.
Friends of Carers NSW group formed.
National Carer Counselling Program begins.
Training in carer awareness begins for staff of residential aged care facilities.
Support is extended to carers with palliative care responsibilities.

2004

Carer Life Course Framework grows out of Carers Mental Health Project and provides a map of the carer journey.
The first National Young Carers Summit takes place in Sydney.

2005

Carers NSW expands its regional presence in NSW to set up offices in the Greater West, North Coast and South East Sydney/Illawarra.

2006

Office expansion requires new premises in Campbell Street, Sydney.

2007

The Ethics of caring in a good society: a national conversation is launched with partners Macquarie Bank Foundation and St James Ethics Centre.

2008

Companion card is rolled out.
Carers NSW wins the Partnership Award, Mental Health Matters.
Carers NSW gives evidence on carers' issues to the House of Commons Parliamentary Committee visiting from the UK.

2009

Australian Government releases the findings of the Inquiry into Better Support for Carers cementing carers' position as partners in care.
Self-directed package support program for ageing carers, My Plan My Choice, begins pilot on the Mid North Coast.

2010

Carers (Recognition) Act passes through NSW Parliament while national carer recognition legislation passes through the Australian Parliament a few months later.

2011

Carers' issues are addressed at a national level with the release of three reports - the National Carer Strategy, and the Productivity Commission's Caring for Older Australians and Disability Care and Support, Reports.

 

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