There are an estimated 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, including over 850,000 'primary carers' to a person with disability. Over two thirds of primary carers are women.
These numbers are huge. As Australia's population profile continues to age, we expect the number of unpaid carers having to balance 'work' and 'care', or make tough decisions about exiting the workforce, will grow.
Australia's reliance on unpaid carers is unsustainable and unfair. Many carers aren't able to get paid work on an equal footing to other Australians. Many older carers retire with less savings. Carers are routinely taken for granted in Australian government policies.
Young carers also get a raw deal. Many children and young people who provide care to a loved one have poorer educational outcomes and less employment and training opportunities than other Australians.
Caring Fairly is advocating for vital reforms needed to bring fairness to the hidden world of unpaid care in Australia.
It’s not fair and carers need our help. Help us take action.