National Carers Week

There are over 2.8 million carers in Australia and National Carers Week is a time to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by unpaid family and friend carers.

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There are over 2.8 million family and friend carers in Australia providing 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail. The value of that unpaid care is $1.1 billion per week.

Australia counts on carers and National Carers Week, which ran from 16 – 22 October in 2016, is a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution carers make to our nation. Anyone at any time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

Events during National Carers Week

In 2016 Carers NSW was funded by NSW Department of Family and Community Services to provide grants to carer support groups and organisations to plan events to help celebrate National Carers Week.

Download the National Carers Week event calendar to find out about events that took place during National Carers Week.

The events in this calendar may be subject to change. Please call the contact person listed to confirm details and register your interest before attending an event.

National Carers Week promotional material


I Care badges were worn throughout National Carers Week to show support for carers and to raise awareness of carers in the community.


Communications Toolkit

A National Carers Week Communications Toolkit was made available to help spread the word about events planned during National Carers Week.



Download National Carers Week posters by clicking on the images below. 

- NCW2016_1 billion hours_poster  - NCW 36 million hours poster   - NCW2016_Australia counts on carers


Share your pictures with us

If you would like to share pictures of your National Carers Week event / activity, please complete a Photo and Digital Images Consent Form and send them to or Carers NSW, PO Box 785, North Sydney, NSW 2059.


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Carers Day Out - Sydney

Carers Day Out, a free day of pampering and relaxation took place on Tuesday 18 October at Redfern Community Centre.

On the day:

Pampering and relaxation – complimentary massages, mini manicures and hand treatments, express hair styling, mini facials and makeovers

Health and wellbeing – Free hearing checks (Hearing Australia), Know Your Bones assessments (Osteoporosis Australia), health checks (Nurses on Wheels) and financial health checks (HESTA)

Crafts and hobbies – Gardening workshops (City of Sydney) and art workshops (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Bibi Barba)

Mindfulness and wellness – Silent meditation, tai chi and yoga

Delicious food – Free BBQ lunch by Rapid Relief Team and sweet treats from My Kitchen Rules finalists, Vikki and Helena Moursellas

This event was brought to you in partnership with City of Sydney, HESTA, icare Lifetime Care, Mudgin-Gal, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Rapid Relief Team.


To register your interest in Carers Day Out 2017, contact

Download the Carers Day Out flyer.

View pictures of Carers Day Out 2016.


Carers Day Out - Coffs Harbour

Carers Day Out Coffs Harbour, took place on Tuesday 18 October at the Boambee East Community Centre. During the day carers were treated to relaxation and wellness activities, arts and crafts complimentary massages and laughter therapy.

To register your interest for Carers Day Out 2017, contact


2016 NSW Carers Awards

The NSW Carers Awards recognise the contribution that family and friend carers make to our community and the important role they play for the people they care for.

Nominations for the 2016 NSW Carers Awards are now closed, winners were announced during National Carers Week.


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Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.