Media Release

Suzanne Orr MLA releases Carers Recognition Bill exposure draft for public comment.

Carers are some of the most selfless people in our community who work very hard supporting those within our community who need care. The work of carers is often unrecognised and carers themselves often do not receive the support they need to carry out their caring responsibilities or receive the support they need to look after themselves.

The Carers Recognition Act 2021 (the Act) is an Act to recognise, promote and value the role carers have within our community. The Act will put in place measures requiring entities and organisations to consider and adapt business practices to support the care relationship that exists between carers and the people they care for.

The Act establishes a set of principles relating to the supporting people in care relationships and requirements for carer and care support agencies to uphold and report on compliance with the care relationship principles.

The Care Relationship Principles consider the treatment of carers, the treatment of people being cared for and the treatment of people in a care relationship.
The Act will benefit over 48,000 carers in the ACT who currently are in a care relationship.

Studies have found that ongoing caring responsibilities can have big impacts on study, work and social relationships. We all need to do as much as possible to alleviate this pressure so that everyone in our community gets the support they need.

Better recognition of carers and their needs will improve support to carers which will in turn improve the health and wellbeing of carers as a group in our community.
This Act will also benefit people who receive care, ensuring they are respected, recognised, and supported in the care relationship, while ensuring the care provided meets their changing needs.

Ms Orr is seeking feedback on this exposure draft until 12 March 2021 with the intention to table the bill in the first half of 2021.

The Carers Recognition Act 2021 delivers on an ACT Labor Election Commitment to introduce legislation to recognise carers and is part of the Parliamentary Agreement under Appendix 3: ACT Labor Policy Platform for the 10th Assembly item 17.5