Award Categories

The National Carer Awards 2015 acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of carers to the Australian community.

There are four award categories presented as part of the 2015 National Carer Awards.

1. Young Carer Award

Young carers under 26 years of age who provide unpaid care and support to a family member and/or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, acquired brain injury, degenerative or terminal illness or who are frail aged.

2. Foster and Kinship Carer Award

Foster and kinship carers must be a caregiver to a child or young person, and receive a reimbursement from the state/territory or their delegated non-government organisation for the care of the child or young person (or have been offered but declined reimbursement). Eligible foster carers must be authorised. [1]

3. Family Carer (carer providing support to a family member or friend, no age specification)

Carers who provide care and support to a family member or a friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, acquired brain injury, degenerative or terminal illness or who is frail aged. 

4. Caring in the Country Award (rural and remote carer)

Carers located in rural and remote areas who provide unpaid care and support to a family member and/or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, acquired brain injury, degenerative or terminal illness or who are frail aged. The carer’s primary residence must be within a small rural or remote zone of less than 25,000 people, in line with national classifications. [2]


[1] In line with definitions provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Child Protection Glossary,  www.aihw.gov.au/child-protection/glossary/#cporder
[2] In line with the definition provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, www.aihw.gov.au/rural-health-rrma-classification/


The Awards

Finalists in each state and territory for each of the four categories will be announced and celebrated at an event in their State/Territory in November.

Each of the State and Territory winners will then be invited to the National Carer Awards 2015 event to be held in February 2016, where a national winner for each of the awards will be announced. The national winner in each of the four award categories will be awarded a prize, details of which will be publicly available on the National Carer Awards website.

Nominations for the awards are now open and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 6 September 2015. Submit your nominations here.