Legal recognition of carers

The NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 (the Act) was introduced to provide recognition of carers and to establish a Carers Advisory Council. The Act requires that:

  • Government departments and local councils make sure all staff are aware of and understand the Carers Charter
  • Staff in human service agencies reflect the principles of the Charter in their core business activities
  • Government departments and local councils consult with appropriate organisations or bodies that represent carers when developing policies that will impact on carers
  • Government departments and local councils develop human resources policies following consideration of the Carers Charter

The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is responsible for leading the implementation of the Act across all public sector agencies. The NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 Implementation Plan 2011 – 2014 (PDF)provides a clear understanding of the obligations of public sector and human service agencies under this Act.