Supporting carers

Carers give unpaid support to family members and friends. They may look after people with a disability, chronic or mental illness, or older frail people. We recognise and respect the contribution carers make to their loved ones and the community.

How we support carers

In all the planning and work we do with carers, we comply with the Victorian Carers Recognition Act 2012 and its supporting charter, the Victorian charter supporting people in care relationships.

The Act

The Victorian Carers Recognition Act 2012 officially recognises care relationships and the role of carers in our community. It also acknowledges the unique knowledge that carers have about the person in their care.

For more information:

The charter

The Victorian charter supporting people in care relationships (DOCX, 68KB) encourages organisations to better respect the important role of carers. It also outlines:

  • principles related to carers, care relationships and people being cared for,
  • a clear definition of a carer,
  • organisations affected by the Act.

For a summary of the charter, download What the Carers Recognition Act says (DOCX, 51KB).



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