Carers play a special role in our community providing much needed assistance and emotional support to the people they care for.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members and friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic health issue or age-related condition. Carers can be found across a wide range of ages with some carers aged under 10 and others are in their 90’s. Carers come from all walks of life; they can be family members, friends or neighbours.

Eleven per cent of Victorians have an unpaid caring role, around 1 in 9 people across the state. In Buloke that equates to around 680 carers.

The following are links to resources that may be helpful for carers (note: the organisations below are not necessarily endorsed or affiliated with Council). 

  • Carer Gateway – practical advice and resources for carers
  • Carers Victoria - the state-wide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria. Their website includes details of local carer support groups, resources and events. Carers Victoria also has a statewide advisory line to assist carers with navigating the resources and supports available
  • Young Carers Network - a place for young carers to learn about support services, access resources and share their story and opinions.
  • Satellite Foundation - for children and young people where a parent has a mental illness or mental health challenge P. 19
  • Tandem - peak body representing family and friends of people living with mental illness
  • Dementia Support Australia - nationwide service whose role is to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.
  • My Aged Care – resources for people caring for an older person
  • Disability Gateway - information and services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers
  • Palliative Care Australia - resources and access to support for people carer for someone at end of life
  • CALD Carers – Carers Australia has links to supports for culturally and linguistically diverse carers takes you to FECCA
  • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander carers – contact Carers Victoria for direction to localised supports
  • Carers Week – has information on events, resources for carers and people who interact with carers
  • Carer Card – state-wide discounts and benefits with participating businesses