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The NSW Carers Advisory Council held its second formal meeting for 2018 on 4 July 2018 at Parliament House, Sydney.

The Council were briefed by NSW Health and the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) on relevant matters.

The Project Leads for Council’s three major projects updated Council on progress since the last meeting and led Council in further planning for the projects:

  1. Conversations with regional and remote carers.
  2. Understanding the social and emotional well-being of carers.
  3. Are some carers being left behind?

The Council were joined by the Hon. Ray Williams, Minister for Disability Services who encouraged Council in their program of work for 2018. The Council raised a number of issues with Minister Williams about carers and the NDIS including: support for people with autism, short term accommodation/respite, accommodation for people with complex care needs, access to supports for families with children with a disability aged under three years of age. Minister Williams acknowledged these issues, thanked the Council for raising them and encouraged the Council to continue to bring these matters to his attention.

The Council welcomed Kellie May, Manager Youth, Volunteering and Carers Implementation and Performance, FACS who briefed Council on the resource material for the Care for a Carer website. The Council reviewed the Terms of Reference for the Productivity Commission review of the National Disability Agreement and will formulate a response to the review once the issues paper to guide submission becomes publicly available.

The Council received reports from Council members on the Carers NSW conference working group and the Carers Strategy Implementation Committee.

The next meeting will take place in August 2018.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019