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The NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 (the Act) formally recognised the significant contribution carers make to the people they care for and the community. It enacted the NSW Carers Charter and established the Carers Advisory Council.
The NSW Carers Charter recognises the valuable contribution that carers make and provides guidance on issues of significance for carers. The Charter is set out in Schedule 1 of the Act.
The Act established the NSW Carers Advisory Council to promote the interests of carers. The Council also reviews and makes recommendations to Ministers on relevant issues affecting carers.
The Act was reviewed in 2016 and the final report on the review of the Act (PDF, 9.5 MB) contained 10 recommendations. The Act was amended on 1 June 2017 to implement three of these recommendations.
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has implemented the remaining recommendations as summarised in the table below:
The Act requires public sector agencies, which includes government departments and local councils, to:
Human service agencies are public sector agencies that provide services to carers or the people they care for. In addition to their obligations as public sector agencies, human service agencies must:
An annual reporting template (PDF, 104.1 KB) has been developed to help guide human service agencies with their obligations under the Act.
09 Aug 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.