National Carers Week

National Carers Week, dedicated to acknowledging carers in Australia, runs from Sunday 15 – Saturday 21 October 2017.

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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 replacement value of that unpaid care is $1.1 billion per week*. The theme for National Carers Week, Carers Count, highlights these figures.

By letting people know how many carers there are in Australia, the hours of care provided each week and the value of that care, Carers Count aims to raise awareness of the contribution made by carers.

Share your National Carers Week pictures on social media by tagging @CarersNewSouthWales (Facebook) or @CarersNSW (Twitter and Instagram) and #CarersCount #Carers2017.

Sign up to the Carers NSW eBulletin to receive regular updates on National Carers Week.


Carers Day Out

Join us for a free day of wellness and relaxation activities, pampering and health checks, a free BBQ lunch and live entertainment. 

Where: Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern NSW 2016

When: Tuesday 17 October 2017, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Cost: Free

Register: Register to attend Carers Day Out using the form at the bottom of this page. 

Getting there: Parking in the area is limited and travel by public transport is highly recommended, Redfern station is a short walk from the venue.

A free accessible shuttle bus will run between Central Station and Redfern Community Centre throughout the day. To find out more or book your place on the shuttle bus, please contact the Communications team on


Carers Day Out Coffs Coast

Join Carers NSW Coffs Harbour for a free day of activities, information and fun. 

Where: Boambee East Community Centre, Bruce King Dr, Boambee East NSW 2452

When: Tuesday 17 October 2017, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Cost: Free

Register: Register to attend Carers Day Out Coffs Coast by ringing Carers NSW Coffs Harbour on 02 6650 0512

To find out more information please contact Julie on


Grants to celebrate National Carers Week

Applications for Grants to celebrate National Carers Week have now closed. If you have applied for a grant on behalf of your carer support group or organisation, please see the timeline below for important dates.

  • Friday 14 July 2017 – Successful and unsuccessful grant applicants notified via email
  • Monday 17 July 2017 – Cheques posted to successful grant applicants
  • Monday 28 August 2017 – National Carers Week events calendar uploaded to the Carers NSW website
  • Thursday 14 September 2017 – Printed copies of the National Carers Week events calendar are posted to members of Carers NSW

Subscribe to the Carers NSW eBulletin to receive regular updates on the Grants to celebrate National Carers Week.



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NSW Carers Awards - Nominate now!

The NSW Carers Awards, run by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, recognise the contribution family and friend carers make in our community and the important role they play for the people they care for.

To nominate a carer or a carer friendly organisation, visit the Care for a Carer website, select the type of nomination you would like to make and complete the online nomination form. Up to 10 awards will be presented in 2017.

By nominating a carer, or a carer-friendly organisation you know, you’ll be helping raise community awareness of the challenges faced by carers while also celebrating their role. 

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Thursday 31 August.

If you have any questions about the NSW Carers Awards;


*Deloitte Access Economics report – The economic value of informal care in Australia in 2015

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