On April 20 this year, the Tasmanian Carer Recognition Act 2023 was enacted.
This legislation supports people caring for someone with disability, mental ill health, a chronic or life-limiting condition, alcohol or other drug dependence, or because they are frail or aged. This legislation also formally recognises informal kinship carers within Tasmania.
This act contains a Carer’s Charter, which sets out seven principles:
These principles describe how State Service Agencies should recognise and support carers.
The Commonwealth Carer Recognition Act 2010, also aims to increase recognition and awareness of carers.
Fair Work legislation also includes provisions by which carers are better supported to access flexible working arrangements, and includes information about carer-related leave.
Carers Tasmania continues to advocate for carer inclusion within legislation, policy, programs, and documentation. We specifically seek for carer inclusion within frameworks, so that carers are included and valued through the many stages of a person accessing support.
If you are having trouble with a service provider, government-funded systems or services, a school, your employer, or health service, there is support available. Contact the team at Care2Serve who can assist you with a referral to organisations such as: