Funded carers networks – Carers by Federal Electorates
The role of caring families in policy and planning is almost entirely absent because they have no funded grassroots voice.
We propose a Regional Disability Family Network as proposed below by the National Carers Coalition (an unfunded parent led group):
Each State and Territory to be provided with a recurrently funded regional service based upon the relevant Department of Human Services regional structure for all disability families caring for a person aged less than 65 years and will actively promote the rights of family carers and the rights of the people that carers support.
• Regions will nominate a representative to the State Peak Disability Family Advocacy Body.
The regional Networks and liaise with state Government, agencies, carers councils and disability advocacy groups to ensure that the role, rights and needs of caring families are heard and supported.
• States will nominate representatives to the National Disability Family Peak Body.
In a changing civil society, carers do not have the same rights nor the same life possibilities as the broader community, but they do have the expectation that, as providers of 92% of all disability services nationally they are entitled to recognition by government and to be supported to have input to policy, planning and the opportunity to participate in the direction of their own lives.