Carers Recognition Act 2012

The Carers Recognition Act 2012 (the Act) formally recognises and values the role of carers and the importance of care relationships in the Victorian community.

The Act includes a set of principles about the significance of care relationships, and specifies obligations for state government agencies, local councils, and other organisations that interact with people in care relationships.

The Act defines a carer as someone who provides care to another person, and includes carers under the age of 18. Carers can provide care for a person who:

  • has a disability
  • has a mental illness 
  • has an ongoing medical condition
  • is an older person with care needs.

Care relationships also include those situations where a person is being cared for in a foster, kinship or permanent care arrangement.

The provisions in the Act build on and expand the Victorian charter supporting people in care relationships, which came into effect in 2010. The Charter has been updated to reflect the new Act.

The Carers Recognition Act came into effect on 1 July 2012. 

The documents for download below provide further information about what the Act and Charter mean for carers and people in care relationships. This information will also be made available in a range of community languages.

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