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Co-designing the next NSW Carers Strategy (2020-2030)

The NSW Government has engaged with carers and other stakeholders to co-design the next ten year strategy for NSW. Input from carers, service providers and community partners was received in late 2019 via:

  • Completion of online Carers Survey– this was specifically designed for individual carers to share their views and experiences of their caring role. Over 200 surveys were completed by carers across NSW.
  • Participation in co-design workshops  - just under 200 people attended these workshops including 94 carers across diverse cohort groups.
  • Facilitating a local conversation about carers’ needs and experiences, using a Conversation Tool kit.

NSW Carers Strategy: Caring in New South Wales 2020 – 2030

Following on from the co-design process in 2019, DCJ is developing a 10 year NSW Carers Strategy: Caring in New South Wales 2020 – 2030. The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) plans to launch the new strategy in October 2020.

This Strategy will build on the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019.   It will build on initiatives already underway across government and the community to support and recognise carers. To read or download the NSW Carers Strategy 2014 – 2019, click here. To find out more about the development of the new Strategy Caring in NSW 2020-2030, please email carerstr@facs.nsw.gov.au

The NSW Carers Strategy 2014-19

This was a five-year plan to improve the position of carers in NSW. The strategy was designed to deliver better services and support for carers across NSW. It contains practical approaches that can make a real difference in carers’ lives, not only in the care they provide, but in important areas such as employment, education and health and wellbeing.

During the co-design FACS brought hundreds of peoples’ ideas together through collaborative workshops, the NSW Ministerial Carers Strategy Summit and Have Your Say online consultations. We heard from more than 2,500 people, mostly carers, who shared their ideas on how government agencies, business and community groups could better support carers.

The strategy was implemented by government, non-government organisations and private businesses in partnerships. The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), formerly known as the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), was the lead agency for the Strategy and led the development of the Strategy, with assistance from the Ministry of Health and Carers NSW.

Background to the NSW Carers Strategy 2014 - 2019

The NSW Carers Strategy 2014-19 was launched on 7 August 2014.

The Department of Family and Community Services (now DCJ), was the lead agency for carers in NSW and led development of the NSW Carers Strategy with assistance from the Ministry for Health and Carers NSW. FACS brought hundreds of peoples’ ideas together through collaborative workshops, the NSW Ministerial Carers Strategy Summit and Have Your Say online consultation.

5 priority areas were identified through extensive consultation with carers and other stakeholders:

  1. Employment and Education
  2. Carer health and wellbeing
  3. Information and community awareness
  4. Carer engagement
  5. Improving the evidence base.

The specific needs of carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal carers, carers living in rural and remote areas, young carers and older carers were considered during the Strategy's development. FACS worked collaboratively with other organisations, including a Project Management Group comprising internal and external stakeholders. To contact us regarding the NSW Carer Strategy 2014-2019 email carerstr@facs.nsw.gov.au

Carers Strategy 2014-2019

Download the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019
Contact Carers Strategy team:
carerstr@facs.nsw.gov.au

Progress Reports NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019

The NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019 Progress Reports detail progress across the five focus areas of the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019, including;

  1. Employment and education
  2. Carers health and wellbeing
  3. Information and community awareness
  4. Carer engagement
  5. Improving the evidence

2018 Progress Report

2018 Progress Report - download

Progress report 2018

2017 Progress Report

2017 Progress Report - download

2015 and 2016 Progress Report

2015 and 2016 Progress Report - download

Progress report
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Last updated: 16 Jul 2020