Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Improving recognition for thousands of WA carers

    29/05/2018 9:00 AM
    • The Carers Recognition Act 2004 will be reviewed to ensure carers continue to be supported and recognised
    • There are an estimated 320,000 carers in Western Australia 

    Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has announced a review of the Carers Recognition Act 2004.


    The review will provide an opportunity for carers, services and relevant organisations to share advice on the best ways to recognise carers and the role they provide.


    The Act defines carers as people who provide ongoing unpaid care, support and assistance to a person with disability or a chronic illness, including a mental illness, or who are frail.


    The Department of Communities is leading the review of the Act, the first since 2008.


    This review will involve stakeholder consultations starting in August 2018. A consultation paper has been developed seeking feedback and comment from the public on the review of the Act.


    The consultation paper is available from today at https://www.communities.wa.gov.au until August 1, 2018.


    The review will be completed by the end of the year.


    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:


    "There are about 320,000 people who are carers in Western Australia.


    "They come from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups with each caring role being unique and having different needs.


    "The reality is that family members and friends provide the bulk of caring roles which can be more demanding than a full-time job.  Many carers provide more than 40 hours of their time every week.


    "The McGowan Government has a strong commitment to ensuring that carers are receiving the support and recognition they deserve.


    "The review of the Carers Recognition Act 2004 will provide valuable feedback on how we can ensure that carers are properly recognised, and that they have a meaningful role in contributing to decisions that directly affect them."   


    Minister's office - 6552 6600