You may hear people being referred to as an unpaid carer or a family carer.  This means caring is not their occupation but something they do as a spouse, partner, parent, sibling or even as a friend, neighbour or young carer.  You don't have to be related to someone to be called a carer.  

Carers support people in a range of ways

Unlike parenting where a child will become independent, unpaid carers look after someone who needs assistance to keep living at home. 

Attending appointments, transport, cooking, organising medication, shopping and personal care are all activities a carer may undertake.  In some cases, this is a fulltime job.  With help, some carers also work, study and care for other people too.

We support all kinds of caring families.  


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The Carer Recognition Act 2012

formally acknowledges the important contribution that people in care relationships make to our community and the unique knowledge that carers hold of the person in their care.