Carers are an invaluable part of our community and provide support to partners, family members and friends. They may care for someone with a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, or an older person with care needs.
Victoria’s carers are as diverse as the people they care for. Carers provide emotional and practical support for a few hours a day or around the clock.
The care role can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Carers can sometimes find it difficult to access services and supports to look after themselves and be supported in their care role, particularly as many do not identify as carers.
Giving carers the support they need is a key priority of the Victorian Government through the Recognising and supporting Victoria's carers: Victorian Carer Strategy 2018-2022 – the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers.
The Victorian Government has provided $4 million over four years in grants to support carers locally and for statewide improvements in carer conditions.