Carers and Grandcarers

Information and support for Western Australian carers and grandcarers.

Carers are people who provide unpaid care to someone who needs help with their day-to-day living due to disability, impairment, mental illness, chronic health condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or drug issue or who is frail and aged.

Carers are defined in WA by the Carers Recognition Act 2004, which also outlines how carers are to be treated and how they are to be involved in the delivery of services that affect them and their caring role.

An estimated 320,000 West Australians provide unpaid personal care, support and assistance to another person, or people, needing assistance with daily life. The care they provide reduces the demand for and dependence on paid care and the health and community services sector. Community-based care can deliver better outcomes as well as enable governments to meet the rising cost of and demand for care.

While carers report that their role can be rewarding and fulfilling, it can also be difficult. Carers often put the interests of the person they care for ahead of their own needs, putting them at risk of social isolation, disconnection from education and employment, poor health and limited opportunities to pursue personal interests.

The challenges faced by carers are heightened by a lack of recognition, awareness and support. Every October, National Carers Week provides an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

The Department of Communities works with the community services sector to deliver support services to WA carers. It also aims to build greater awareness of the role and contribution of carers and the services available to them.

Page reviewed 8 September 2022