Victorian Carers Recognition Act

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

The Carers Recognition Act came into effect on 1 July 2012 and officially recognises care relationships and the role of carers in our 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 or
  • is an older person with care needs.

For more information about the Act, visit the Department of Human Services website here