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Australia's reliance on unpaid carers is unsustainable and unfair.
What needs to change?
Australia's unpaid carers deserve a fairer deal. The Australian federal government must take the first step.
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There are 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia – more than 10% of the population. This includes 240,000 mental health carers who provide vital support to people living with mental ill-health.
Unpaid carers who support a friend or family member with mental ill-health provide $14 billion worth of caring services a year.
Many carers live with severe financial insecurity because caring for a loved one at home prevents them from getting or keeping paid work.
Many young carers have poorer educational outcomes and lower employment opportunities because their caring responsibilities affect their school attendance.
Australia’s ageing population means an increasing number of Australians will struggle to earn income because of caring responsibilities at home.
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This system is unfair, hurts us all, and needs to change.
"If we continue down this path... as our need for care grows, we will slowly grind to a halt as an economy"
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'Every day I am faced with the constant battle of do I stay at work and earn a wage, or do I leave my job and go back on Centrelink so I can be there for my husband?'
'I am excited about the Caring Fairly campaign because it brings together lots of diverse organisations to argue for and campaign for the needs and rights of carers.'
'My fear is we will see an emerging human right issue on a national level. The solution is for us to come together and join our voices. Together we can make a difference.'
'It's really vital that government recognises the importance of this unpaid workforce throughout Australia"
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"A particular group of hidden carers would be children... they are at risk of not completing their education"
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