National Carers Week 2018

National Carers Week, dedicated to acknowledging carers in Australia, will run from Sunday 14 – Saturday 20 October 2018.

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.

There are over 2.7 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.

Anyone at any time can become a carer. National Carers Week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

This year, National Carers Week will run from Sunday 14 – Saturday 20 October 2018.

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

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Grants to Celebrate National Carers Week

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services funds Carers NSW to provide grants of $300.00 AUD to carer support groups and organisations to plan events and activities for carers during National Carers Week.

Organising an event is a wonderful way to acknowledge anyone caring for a family member or friend and to give them a break from the responsibilities of their caring role. Many events attract new carers to carer support groups and planning an event is a great way of reaching out to hidden carers in your area.

Applications to apply for a grant are now open!

To apply:

1.    Download and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

2.    Fill out an application online


Download a PDF application and post it to us at Carers NSW, PO Box 785, North Sydney, NSW 2059

3.     If your organisation or group does not have an ABN, download and complete the Statement by a Supplier Form and a Donation Application Form and send to:

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 15 June 2018 and you will be notified of the outcome of your application, by email, by the end of July 2018. All applications and supporting documents must be received by this time, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


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