The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the vital role and contribution of unpaid carers to the health, wellbeing and security of their family members and friends who are in need of support and assistance.
Carers deserve recognition for what they do in our communities and for their intrinsic value in our society and it is important that they are recognised and respected as individuals as well as key partners in the broader care support network.
This Action Plan follows on from, and consolidates, the outcomes achieved through the Tasmanian Carer Action Plan 2017-20 and the Tasmanian Carer Policy 2016. A key action of this new Plan is the introduction of carer recognition legislation.
A key commitment in the former Action Plan was to review the definition of a carer, and the Department of Communities Tasmania consulted Carers Tasmania, Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania, Tasmanian and Australian government agencies on this definition. This consultation has highlighted and recognised that the role of an unpaid informal carer is a very personal one, and that any attempts to arrive at a detailed definition will not be able to fully capture this personal and often complex role and experience.
The Tasmanian Government acknowledge that there are many other people who perform caring roles in the community, which is why we have also used the terms ‘informal’ and ‘unpaid’ when describing carers. However, for the purposes of this Action Plan the term ‘carer’ applies to you if you care for family members or friends in an unpaid informal role.
The Australian Government is the primary provider of funding and services for carers. These services are accessible through the Carer Gateway which is delivered in Tasmania by Carers Tasmania through Care2Serve.
Supporting Tasmanian Carers: Tasmanian Carer Action Plan 2021-2024 (Supporting Tasmanian Carers) seeks to complement, and not duplicate services. The focus of the Action Plan is to support access to services and participation in community, enhance the recognition of carers, and ensure carer’s voices are considered in the development of Tasmanian Government policy and programs.