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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.

Victorian Annual Carers Forum

In order to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of carers and the people they care for, the Victorian Carer Strategy – Annual Carers Forum 2020 is being postponed from May 2020 until early 2021.

Annual carer forums are held as part of the Victorian Government’s Victorian Carer Strategy 2018-22: Recognising and Supporting Victoria’s carers. The first forum was held in 2019.

The forum provides an opportunity for carers, organisations and government to engage about carer needs, provide feedback and learn about initiatives under the strategy.

The Department of Health and Human Services will communicate more details about the forum once they are confirmed. The consideration of the needs of carers and care recipients is paramount in planning to reschedule this forum.