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There are 904,400 carers living in NSW. This means that at least 1 in 10 of us is a carer in NSW.

The NSW Government’s vision for the carers in NSW is that they are supported to participate fully in their own social and economic life. We want them to be healthy and live well. Read on to learn about some of the ways we’re making this happen.

Carers provide regular support to people who need it because they have disability, chronic illness, mental illness, dementia or are frail aged. People are also carers if they are looking after a child who has additional longer-term needs compared to a child of a similar age.

A carer is not paid to care, although they may receive a pension or allowance for their caring role. Carers can balance caring with employment, school and/or have other commitments at the time they take on the role of caring.

People of all ages can be a carer, including:

  • an older person caring for a child with disability who has grown up
  • a child or young person caring for a parent with disability
  • a parent caring for a child with disability
  • a relative or friend caring for an older person.

FACS is the lead agency for carers in NSW.

For more information about what FACS is doing for carers:

Laurel Lambert is a 2015 Highly Commended NSW Carers Award recipient who has cared for her adult daughter since she was born. She talks about the pride associated with being a carer.

Carer Gateway

The Australian Government has launched a service for people who care for someone with a disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness, or who are frail due to age. Carer Gateway will make it easier for carers to find information, advice and services, with targeted sections for young carers, older carers, working carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers and culturally and linguistically diverse carers. For more information visit www.carergateway.gov.au

Carers Investment Program

The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is providing $5.6m over three years for projects that will improve the well-being of carers in NSW. The Carer Investment Program has evolved from the current Carer Grants program. FACS will continue to invest $1.86m per annum in projects to improve support for carers, with a focus on evidence-based outcomes and alignment with carer priorities identified in the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-19, the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 and other relevant reforms in the sector.

A two stage procurement process is underway. The first stage was an Expression of Interest (EOI), open to all interested organisations from 28 August to 29 September 2017. 128 proposals were received.  Successful applicants from this EOI stage have now been invited to submit a detailed tender by 21 December 2017. Funding will be announced in March 2018.

Further information and application form are available on the NSW eTender website.

The EOI reference is Carers Investment Program - FACS.17.143.

Organisations need to register with eTenders NSW to apply.