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Carers have their say

Last updated: 1/03/2016 5:37 PM
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Carers have their say

West Australians are being invited to have their say on the direction of the State Government’s first carers framework.

Administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC), the framework was developed to recognise the unique role fulfilled by WA’s estimated 320,000 carers.

The online public comment and consultation period on the draft WA Carers Strategic Framework is open until 29 February 2016. Comments are welcomed from members of the public, including those with caring responsibilities and the organisations that work with them.

When finalised, the WA Carers Strategic Framework will ensure resources and initiatives are coordinated effectively, and the availability of government services is communicated to those who require them.

DLGC works in partnership with the community services sector to ensure the best outcomes for carers and funds Carers WA more than $820,000 each year to support carers with counselling, respite and social activities.

Carers provide ongoing care, support and assistance to a person with disabilities or a chronic illness, including mental illness or who are frail, without payment.

WA was the first State in Australia to extend legal recognition to carers, with the Carers Recognition Act 2004. The Act requires service providers to comply with the Carers Charter.

Comments and feedback can be provided by completing the online Draft Strategy Feedback Form.