The Minister for Community Services, Ms Joy Burch publically launched the ACT Carers Charter on 19 October 2011 at the Carers ACT Luncheon for Carers, celebrating National Carers Week.
The Charter is intended to improve the circumstances of carers by raising community awareness and promoting carers’ role in service delivery.
The Charter consists of five concise core principles. Broadly these focus on ensuring that carers are engaged, supported and able to achieve a quality of life that is in line with community standards. This is in line with the renewed vision of the Canberra Social Plan 2011 for people to reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of an inclusive community.
A series of Fact Sheets have been developed to provide further information and guidance on carers and on implementing the Charter.