The Act was reviewed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) on behalf of the Minister for Disability Services in 2016. The review was a requirement of the Act.
FACS led a range of public consultations to engage carers and other key stakeholders in the review process. Consultation methods included an online survey, discussion paper , written submissions, carer forums and a public sector forum. Over 800 individuals and 50 organisations participated in the consultation process. The final report on the outcome of the review was tabled in Parliament on 8 November 2016. The review concluded that overall the objects of the Act remain valid and that the terms for meeting those objectives are appropriate. The final report contained ten recommendations, including three recommendations that required minor legislative changes to provisions dealing with the membership and chairing arrangements of the NSW Carers Advisory Council, consultation with carers by public sector agencies in the development of polices that impact on carers and the Carers Charter. The Act was amended on 1 June 2017 to implement these recommendations.
The remaining seven recommendations focus on reviewing and updating guidelines, policy and education to support an increased understanding and implementation of the Act. FACS is leading implementation of the recommendations and will update this page as it progresses.
That FACS facilitates access for carers to information about protections forcarers embedded in other specific legislation, and about existing complaintsmechanisms carers can access.
That FACS makes arrangements with human service agencies to collate and publish their reports on compliance with the Act (as included in their annual reports). FACS will then provide an annual collated report to the Minister.
That FACS revises the existing NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 Implementation Guidelines for Public Sector Agencies to provide explanation and clarification on section 5, the meaning of 'carer' under the Act, including:
a) clarifying who is considered a carer under the Act. For example, confirming that carers of the following groups are covered by the definition- people with dementia and people affected by drug and alcohol issues;
b) clarifying that section 5(3) needs to be read in context with all of section 5 (meaning of 'carer') and is not intended to exclude family members or people who live with the person they are caring for; and
c) providing information about cultural concepts of caring.