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Carer Survey

Every two years Carers NSW conducts a comprehensive survey to better understand what carers want and need. In 2020 the Carers NSW biennial Carer Survey went national for the first time.

About the Carers NSW biennial Carer Survey

The Carer Survey is a great way for carers to provide feedback about what is and isn’t working in their caring role, and in the various service systems they access. This information helps Carers NSW and other organisations who work with carers advocate for better support and outcomes for carers.

Since 2002, Carers NSW has undertaken periodic surveys of carers across NSW to inform different aspects of the organisation’s work. Since 2014, the Carer Survey has sought university ethics clearance and been developed by a Steering Committee involving carer researchers and sector and Government representatives.

Carers NSW receives funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice to conduct the biennial Carer Survey.

For more information about the Carers NSW biennial Carer Survey, please phone the Carers NSW Research Team or email research@carersnsw.org.au.

2020 National Carer Survey

In 2020 the Carers NSW biennial Carer Survey was conducted nationally for the first time, with the support of the National Carer Network. A summary report was launched on Sunday 11 October 2020 to mark the beginning of National Carers Week.

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Fact sheets

Below are a series of infographic-style fact sheets on different cohorts of carers.

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For more information about the 2020 National Carer Survey, please phone the Carers NSW Research Team or email research@carersnsw.org.au.

Past Carer Surveys

The 2018 Carer Survey was conducted between May and July 2018 and built on the strengths of our previous surveys in order to reach more carers and collect valuable new data about carers' needs and experiences. A summary report was launched on 12 October 2018.

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In 2016, for the 40th anniversary of Carers NSW, the 40 years of carer surveys in NSW report was published to overview the history of carer research in NSW.

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The 2016 Carer Survey received over 2,000 completed responses. Over 80% of respondents were female and almost half were aged between 45 and 64 years. More than one quarter of carers had been in their role for more than 20 years, and almost half reported providing more than 70 hours of care per week.

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In 2014 the Carer Survey was the first Carers NSW survey to seek and receive University Human Research Ethics approval and to be developed under the guidance of an expert Survey Reference Committee, made up of leading carer researchers.

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