National Carer Awards 2015

Australia’s dedicated carers perform a significant and valuable role in our community. There are over 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, of which over 770,000 are primary carers, all of whom provide support to someone in need. In addition, there are over 9,000 foster carers and thousands more who care for a child who is related to them, known as kinship carers.

The National Carer Awards have been developed to publicly recognise and celebrate carers and foster or kinship carers across Australia. The Awards seek to raise awareness and acknowledge the extraordinary contribution carers make to the nation.

This year’s State and Territory finalists were selected from an impressive and diverse array of nominations. The big response to the national awards program demonstrates the large numbers of unpaid carers & foster/kinship carers across the country who are eligible for these awards

Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers Claire Robbs said all the finalists are to be congratulated. “We want to give the community a better understanding of unpaid carers across the country as they have such an important role in the lives of people they support," she said.

“Carers are an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems,” said Carers Australia CEO Ara Cresswell.

“Anyone, any time, can become a carer. The chances are you personally are a carer, need a carer or know a carer. Carers are an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems,” Ms Cresswell said.

State and territory winners will be in the running to receive a national carer award across the three categories (one winner per category): Family Carer, Foster and Kinship Carer, Young Carer aged 25 years and under. Carers eligible for these awards are unpaid but may be receiving carer-related government payment or a reimbursement.

The National Carer Awards is a partnership between Carers Australia and Life Without Barriers, funded by the Department of Social Services.

National award winners will be announced in February 2016.