Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Carers Advisory Council ensures recognition and support for WA carers

    2/01/2005 10:00 AM

    Western Australia’s carers will have strong input into the implementation of the State’s new Carer’s Recognition Act with the formation of a new Carers Advisory Council.

    Nominations are being sought for membership on the Carers Advisory Council, which will ensure that carers are consulted and included in policy planning as required under the WA Carers Charter.

    Community Development and Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale said the Carers Recognition Act 2004 provided crucial recognition of carers in WA and completed a major election commitment by the Gallop Government.

    “The Act ensures that carers, and those for whom they provide care, are closely involved in the assessment, planning and delivery of services that impact on them,” Ms McHale said.

    “It also establishes the WA Carers Charter which states that carers must be treated with respect and dignity, and any complaints they have must be given due attention and consideration.

    “Recognising the vital work of carers and securing their important input to policy formation is fundamental to the Act and has been a priority for this Government.”

    The Carers Advisory Council will consist of up to 10 people with knowledge of, and experience in, matters relating to carers.

    The primary role of the council is to monitor compliance with the WA Carers Charter, and to provide advice to Government on issues affecting carers.

    “Nominations are being sought from throughout the State and carers from indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply,” the Minister said.

    Appointments will be made for a period of two years.

    Nominations for the council close on February 11, 2005.

    Further information on nominating for the Carers Advisory Council can be obtained from the Office for Seniors’ Interests and Volunteering (OSIV) by telephoning: 9220 1111.

    Minister's Office - 9213 6900