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Carers and associates

Disability Disability Rights

Carers and associates

Unlawful discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act includes discrimination because a person is an associate of a person with a disability. Associates include partners and families, friends, and carers.

Carers also play an important role in supporting and advocating for the rights of people with disability.

The resources and links on this page may be of interest and assistance to carers and families.



  • Carers Australia
    National peak representative body site including reports, resources, an extensive links page and contacts
  • Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance (YPINH)
    National organisation promoting the rights of younger people with high and complex support needs living in residential aged care facilities (or at risk of placement there), to have choice about where they live and how they are supported.

Government information

For State / Territory Government information follow the links from the State or Territory Carers Association in your area

Reports and inquiries


"In My Shoes"- ABC Four Corners program on carers May 2008:

Commission press release for carers week 2006

Other resources

Taskforce on Care Costs (TOCC)
TOCC is a strategic alliance between peak non-government and business groups aimed at investigating the financial cost of care and how those costs impact workforce participation of carers.

Young Carers
The young carers website provides information, contacts and support for young carers, parents, and primary teachers.

Working Carers Support Gateway
A website to help people who are both working and caring.