facts

  • There are 2.7 million carers in Australia who provide unpaid care and support.
  • 272,000 carers are under 25, which equates to around one-in-10.
  • Around 856,000 carers (32 per cent) are primary carers – those who provide the most informal assistance to another individual.
  • The weekly median income of primary carers 15–64 was 42 per cent lower than that of non-carers.
  • Carers provide 1.9 billion of unpaid care annually.
  • The annual replacement value of that care (by paid care workers) is estimated at $60.3 billion.
  • 56 per cent of primary carers 15–64 participate in the workforce, compared to 80 per cent of non-carers.
  • Information from ABS and Carers Australia
AWARE: National Carers Week runs October 15-21.

AWARE: National Carers Week runs October 15-21.