Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Inquiry To Review Better Support For Carers

I am pleased the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth has announced a parliamentary inquiry to investigate how carers can be better supported in their vital role.

The Government values the contribution made by carers and their enormous personal sacrifices, selflessness and hard work.

Carers face increased risks of becoming socially isolated and suffering from health problems.

As well they are under increased financial pressure, having limited opportunities to accrue savings, accumulate superannuation and save for retirement.

The inquiry will help us better understand the challenges facing carers and their ongoing needs.

The Committee will report on:

  • the role and contribution of carers in society and how this should be recognised;
  • the barriers to social and economic participation for carers, with a focus on helping carers to find and/or retain employment;
  • the practical measures required to better support carers, including key priorities; and
  • strategies to assist carers access the same range of opportunities as the wider community, including increasing the capacity for carers to make choices within their caring roles, transition into and out of caring and effectively plan for the future.

In examining these issues, the Committee will also look at the specific needs of groups within the caring population including new carers, younger carers, older carers, Indigenous carers and those with multiple care responsibilities.

The Committee is seeking submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday, 4 July.

This is an important review that will provide a voice for carers and help the Government ensure that our policies in this area reflect community needs.

Individuals and groups interested in making a submission are encouraged to go to the Parliament of Australia website for further information.