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Facts about carers
A carer is any individual who provides care and support to a family member, child or friend who lives with a disability, mental illness, alcohol or drug dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail due to age. There are more than 2.65 million carers across Australia.
Many carers don't use the word ‘carer’ to describe themselves. However, each one of us is likely to become a carer for a family member or friend at some stage in our lives. Carers come from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and age groups.
For many, caring is a 24 hour-a-day job with emotional, physical and financial impacts that can also affect their participation in employment, education and community activities.
* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
** Deloitte Access Economics 2020 The value of informal care in 2020
*** Carers NSW 2020 National Carer Survey
1 in 10 Australians
is a carer*
are aged 25 years and under*
8 million hours
of care are provided by Australian carers every week*
is how much it would cost every year to replace carers**
1 in 3
carers are highly socially isolated***