National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.7 million carers make to our nation.
Anyone at any time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. Should all carers decide to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week.
To celebrate Carers Week, we hosted a variety of events and awareness activities across Queensland.
Carer-Friendly Business Awards
This year we recognised and celebrated Queensland employers, employees and businesses that go the extra mile to make life better for carers.
View the winners
Our Carers Week Gala Lunch
On October 12, over 240 people celebrated the launch of National Carers Week with our host and special guest, Jean Kittson, at our annual Carers Week Gala Lunch.
'Why do I care?' writing competition
For our Carers Week competition, this year we asked carers to get creative and write about ‘why do you care?’. Our winner, Kylie Minns, shares her story.
View Kylie’s entry
Carers Week is all about
- recognising and celebrating all carers in Australia
- raising awareness across target groups of the valuable role of carers and increasing their knowledge of the issues affecting carers
- encouraging self-identification among hidden carers and recognition of hidden carers by friends and relatives
- educating carers about the services and resources available to them and encouraging them to seek help.
We gratefully appreciate the funding support from the Queensland Government to assist with regional activities during Carers Week 2018.