Increase the Carer Payment

Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston

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Everyone deserves the support they need to get through the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet right now across Australia, unpaid carers are being kept awake at night worrying about how they’ll pay their bills. The Families and Social Services Minister, Anne Ruston could change this today by increasing the Carer Payment. But so far the Minister has been unwilling to provide this crucial support. That’s why we need as many people as possible to raise their voices and put pressure on the Minister to make carers a priority. Sign the petition today to tell the Minister to support unpaid carers.


Unpaid carers play an essential role supporting family and friends. In the midst of a global health crisis they’re needed more than ever. Carers are now providing more hours of support, with some carers spending all of their time on unpaid care. This has meant carers have been forced to give up paid work to manage their increased care responsibilities, losing the extra income they need to make ends meet. You can help us change this. Sign the petition calling for an increase to the Carer Payment today.

Julie* is one of the carers who told us about how COVID-19 has affected her:

“I cannot sleep because I am concerned about money, going over and over numbers to make sure I can cover everything and hold it all together. I also feel stressed because I now have no help or support at home and feel like I am pulled in many directions.”

Despite the clear impact that COVID-19 is having on carers, the government still won’t act. We need as many people as possible to stand up for carers so that this can’t be ignored. Carers urgently need you to raise your voice for an increase to the Carer Payment. Sign the petition to tell Anne Ruston that she can't keep leaving carers behind.

In these challenging times we need to come together and stand up for the people in our communities who need support. Join us in calling on the Australian Government to ensure unpaid carers are not left behind, and show carers that we care for them too.


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To: Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston
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Dear Minister,

Unpaid carers across Australia continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak; losing income, facing increased costs and deteriorating mental health and wellbeing. No one should miss out on the crucial support they need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, but unpaid carers are being left behind. That’s why we’re calling on you to increase the rate of the Carer Payment to ease the huge financial pressure carers are now experiencing.

Unpaid carers play an essential role supporting family and friends. In the midst of a global health crisis they’re needed more than ever. Carers are now providing more hours of support, with some carers spending all of their time on unpaid care. This has meant carers have been forced to give up paid work to manage their increased care responsibilities, losing the extra income they need to make ends meet. Our evidence from 471 carers across Australia shows just how badly the pandemic has impacted on carers’ work and income, expenses, health and wellbeing and access to services and supports. Please see the COVID-19 Carer Survey Report for more detail.

Julie* is one of the carers who told us about how COVID-19 has affected her:

“I cannot sleep because I am concerned about money, going over and over numbers to make sure I can cover everything and hold it all together. I also feel stressed because I now have no help or support at home and feel like I am pulled in many directions.”

The Australian Government must increase the Carer Payment to ensure that unpaid carers like Julie have the financial support they need to get through COVID-19. We ask that the base rate of the Carer Payment is increased to at least the level of other payments receiving the Coronavirus Supplement. It is within your power to make these changes and we ask that you take action to ensure that carers get the support they need to make it through these challenging times.

The Caring Fairly Coalition has previously raised this issue with you and we continue to seek your support to make this change.

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