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Carers ACT welcomes queries and comments from the media and can assist in providing facts and statistics relevant to the profile of the caring environment both in Australia and in our local community.

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Carer Gateway – The New National Carer Support System

The Australian Government is introducing a new system for delivering carer supports and services. It is the biggest reform to carer services in more than a decade. It is also known as the Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS).

Read more about the new Carer Gateway carer support system here.


Latest Media Releases & News

14th and 15th of August


This time, over two consecutive days, we hear Lucy’s story. A nine year old child who has several conditions and needs that make life especially challenging for her and her parents.


19th July 2019

AUDIO – The joy and Challenge of Raising an Autistic child

In this interview, journalist Kim Huynh passed his microphone over to Elle, a local autistic woman, who asked her Mum Lynne about what it was like to raise her.


25 May 2019

AUDIO – Shea’s Story 

A touching interview between young carer Talon, a 14 year old boy who cares for his 16 year old brother Shea, with cerebral palsy. Shea and Talon have a strong bond and Talon is immensely proud of how his older brother has lived life to the fullest, including carrying the baton at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.







11 May 2019

AUDIO – Elle’s Story 

Have a listen to this frank discussion between teenager Elle and her mother and carer Lyn talking about how they dealt with Elle’s years of mental illness and attempted suicide, and how they came out with hope and a stronger future.


15 April 2019

AUDIO – Rachel’s Story 

Rachel Rix cared for six children and numerous foster children until her dreams of travelling around Australia to help those in need were dashed by illness, forcing her devoted husband Darrin to become her carer. Aired on ABC Radio Canberra and nationally.  First in a series of carer stories from the ACT by journalist Kim Huynh.






3 April 2019

Budget 2019 DSS Fact Sheet – Carer Services
Fact sheet from the Australian Government Department of Social Services summarising funding for new services for carers.

20 February 2019

Sponsor Raises One Million Dollars for Carers
Corporate sponsor Shaw Building Group and its suppliers raise over one million dollars in their Annual Charity Bowls Day for carers.

7 November 2018

New Head of Office of Mental Health
Carers ACT welcomes today’s appointment of Dr Elizabeth Moore as  head of the new Office of Mental Health in the ACT.

14 August 2018

Young Carer Malakai wins Local Hero Award
Young carer Malakai Reinhard wins the inaugural 2018 Westfield Local Hero award for his selfless devotion to caring for his mother and sister.


10 July 2018

AUDIO – Young Carer Miguel Bedsor talks about his caring role on ABC Radio
ABC Radio ‘Capital Youth project’ interview with young carer Miguel Bedsor, talking about life and his caring role. (3m24s)


22 June 2018

VIDEO – Young Carer Malakai Reinhard talks about his caring role on WIN TV
Young carer Malakai Reinhard, a nominee for the inaugural 2018 Westfield Local Hero award talks to Emma Groves from Win TV about his caring role. (1m32s)


31 May 2018

Carers Celebrate Launch of Reconciliation Action Plan
We were very proud to officially launch our first Reconciliation Action Plan at our National Reconciliation Week BBQ lunch today. Our RAP outlines the actions we are taking on our journey towards achieving reconciliation (see full document here:

17 May 2018

ABC News Story: Young Carers Thankful for Mental & Financial Support
A news story that aired on ABC TV 7pm News Bulletin on how young carers welcome the boosted mental and financial support but want more help into adulthood.

9 May 2018

Federal Budget 2018 – What it Means for Carers
A useful summary of how the 2018 Federal Budget will affect carers. Prepared by Carers Australia.

5 March 2018

New Integrated Carer Support Model Announced
Federal Government announces a new $85.6 million integrated national approach to delivering carer support services focused on helping carers get the support they need early before they reach crisis point.

19 February  2018

AUDIO – The Importance of Advance Care Planning
Carers ACT CEO Lisa Kelly interviewed on ABC Radio by Adam Shirley about the importance of Advance Care Planning. (6m8s)

16 October 2017

National Carers Week 2017
October 15-21 is National Carers Week where we take time to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of thousands of unpaid carers around the country.

7 June 2017

An ACT that Cares for Carers – ACT Carers Strategy
The Chief Minister’s budget announcement that the ACT Government will provide support to develop and implement an ACT Carer’s Strategy in partnership with Carers ACT is a welcome initiative for around 46,000 unpaid carers in the ACT, according to Ms Lisa Kelly, CEO Carers ACT.

7 June 2017

Mental Health in the ACT Budget 2017-18
Carers ACT is pleased to see the ACT is committed to funding the mental health of Canberrans as a priority in the ACT Budget 2017-18.

7 June 2017

ACT Budget – Disability Measures
Carers ACT welcomes the range of disability reform initiatives outlined in yesterday’s ACT Budget that will assist unpaid carers who look after people with a disability.

12 May 2017

Carers ACT Appoints New CEO
The Board of Carers ACT is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Lisa Kelly as its new Chief Executive Officer.

7 December 2016

NDIS Falls Short in Meeting Outcomes for ACT Carers
A recent survey of carer and the impact of the NDIS on their caring role found that the NDIS had not improved outcomes for many carers in the ACT.


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