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Carer Recognition Bill 2010

2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carer Recognition Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

(Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for the recognition of carers, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Object of Act....................................................................................... 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Meaning of carer ................................................................................ 3

Part 2—The Statement for Australia’s Carers                                                     4

6............ The Statement for Australia’s Carers.................................................. 4

Part 3—Obligations of public service agencies and associated providers                 5

7............ Obligations of all public service agencies............................................ 5

8............ Additional obligations of public service care agencies........................ 5

9............ Obligations of associated providers.................................................... 5

Part 4—Other matters                                                                                                          7

10.......... Act does not create legally enforceable obligations etc........................ 7

11.......... Act not intended to exclude similar State or Territory laws................. 7

12.......... Regulations......................................................................................... 7

Schedule 1—The Statement for Australia’s Carers                     8

 



A Bill for an Act to provide for the recognition of carers, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 The Statement for Australia’s Carers

Note:       See section 6.

   

               1  All carers should have the same rights, choices and opportunities as other Australians, regardless of age, race, sex, disability, sexuality, religious or political beliefs, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, cultural or linguistic differences, socioeconomic status or locality.

               2  Children and young people who are carers should have the same rights as all children and young people and should be supported to reach their full potential.

               3  The valuable social and economic contribution that carers make to society should be recognised and supported.

               4  Carers should be supported to enjoy optimum health and social wellbeing and to participate in family, social and community life.

               5  Carers should be acknowledged as individuals with their own needs within and beyond the caring role.

               6  The relationship between carers and the persons for whom they care should be recognised and respected.

               7  Carers should be considered as partners with other care providers in the provision of care, acknowledging the unique knowledge and experience of carers.

               8  Carers should be treated with dignity and respect.

               9  Carers should be supported to achieve greater economic wellbeing and sustainability and, where appropriate, should have opportunities to participate in employment and education.

             10  Support for carers should be timely, responsive, appropriate and accessible.