Carers NSW is the peak organisation for family and friend carers in New South Wales. Peak organisations represent groups of people or organisations with specific needs and advocate to governments, industry and the community on their behalf. This kind of advocacy is known as systemic advocacy, which aims to achieve change and improvement in systems, services, policies and legislation.
As a peak organisation, Carers NSW works continually to improve recognition and support for all carers in NSW. We want to create real change for carers by finding out what they need and ensuring that their views and interests are taken into account by governments, service providers, employers and the community.
Our work draws heavily on the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 and its NSW Carers Charter, which puts forward thirteen principles about recognising and supporting carers that public sector agencies are required to uphold.
The Policy Team works in a variety of ways to represent carers. We write papers and submissions, attend and present at meetings and forums, provide advice to a range of stakeholders and work in partnership with governments and other agencies to raise the profile of carers in the community.
Our policy work is informed by:
Our policy work focuses on issues within NSW, but we also work collaboratively with Carers Australia and the national Network of Carers Associations to advocate on national issues that impact upon carers and the people they support.
There are many topic areas and issues that relate to carers. However, we focus our work on a few key areas:
Health and wellbeing, including:
Economic and social inclusion
We place a high importance on representing the needs of diverse carers in NSW in all our policy work, in particular the following groups:
The Policy Team welcomes feedback, advice and suggestions from carers, stakeholders and members of the community about problems with systems, services, policies and legislation in NSW. You can contact us in any of the following ways:
Phone: 1800 242 636 (ask to speak to the Policy Team)
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.