The Canberra Liberals have today made a commitment to work with Carers ACT in the development and implementation of an ACT Carers Strategy to support ACT carers sustain and continue their role, Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall said today.

“There are 48,500 ACT family or friend carers who are providing unpaid, informal care to family members or friends and it is estimated that 74 percent of all community care is provided by these carers,” Mr Wall said.

“Carers are a critical part of Canberra’s social fabric providing the vast majority of informal care for those who need it. Without good data it is difficult to establish evidence based priorities to further assist the vital contribution of carers.

“A Canberra Liberals government will work with Carers ACT to implement the actions they see as priorities. We hope this is a stepping stone to making a real difference in carers lives here in the ACT,” Mr Wall concluded.