Consistent with previous surveys on carers:
- They are typically a female primary carer between 45 and 64 years, educated beyond high school and not in paid work
- The typical care recipient was an adult son, aged 18 to 64 years, with a physical disability, only able to be left alone for a few hours and requiring 60+ hours per week of care
- About half of respondents (53 per cent) were living on a household income of less than $50,000 per year, and 40 per cent reported difficulty in meeting their living expenses in the past 12 months
- About half of respondents provided 60+ hours of care per week, and almost one in three carers had been caring for over 20 years
We can all help carers by helping to raise awareness this National Carers Week by hosting a fundraiser tea or workshop.
One in eight employees is in a caring role so have a look at Carers Australia's Work & Care information for a carer-friendly workplace at carersweek.com.au