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DCJ Carers Update #3

Posted on March 25, 2021

A message from the Director Women NSW, Ageing & Carers 

This is our third bi-monthly newsletter – welcome everyone to 2021.
I am pleased to say the Carers NSW National Carers Week grants will be offered again this year within the bounds of COVID-19 restrictions. Look out for the announcement on the Carers NSW website coming soon.
This year we will continue to implement projects from the NSW Carers Strategy: Caring in NSW 2020-2030 and the Action Plan 2020-2022. You can read about progress on Action #21 the Carers + Employers Program lead by Carers NSW below. We encourage all organisations to become accredited under this program.

Thank you for continuing to support and recognise carers in NSW.  If you have any queries, please email

Kind regards,
Tanya Smyth
Director- Women NSW, Ageing and Carers
Strategy, Policy & Commissioning, NSW Dept of Communities and Justice

NSW Carers Strategy Action Plan 2020-2022- Action # 21
Carers + Employers Program 

Carers + Employers is a project of Carers NSW with the support of DCJ.  It’s a national employer program which defines best practice standards for supporting staff with caring responsibilities. Workplaces that meet the Carers + Employers standards can be recognised as an Accredited Carer Employer.  Accreditation is offered at three levels: Level 1 Activate; Level 2 Commit; and Level 3 Excel.
Currently eight employers including DCJ have been accredited at Level 1 Activate.
Carers NSW invites employers to apply for accreditation to will receive access to resources, including a new e-learning module for managers to support their staff who are carers.

For more information and to apply for accreditation visit the website here 

NSW DCJ Diversity Services    

FREE decision-making and capacity e-learning course

DCJ has developed an interactive e-learning tool to promote greater understanding of a person’s right to make their own decisions.
The Decision-making and capacity e-learning course  covers topics like legal and mental capacity, NSW law, and the factors that impact on decision-making.
The course is suitable for carers, friends and family of people with decision-making disability.
It is free, interactive, self-paced and uses engaging case studies to promote understanding. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

NSW Carers Factsheet – Infographic 

In 2020, DCJ updated our Carer Facts Infographic poster using the latest release of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC).
This infographic is available for printing and displaying around offices to help people understand and recognise the important role carers play in our community.

You can download a copy of the Factsheet here

Disaster preparedness survey of carers

Are you living in Australia and caring for someone with disability or chronic health conditions on a regular, unpaid, informal basis?
The University of Sydney is conducting a survey to learn how prepared carers are for natural disasters.  You can complete the survey online before 31 March here

This project will support carers to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster such as pandemic, bushfire, flood etc.
If you prefer a telephone survey, please email your name and contact number to Jade Chang at

Its Caring Campaign

The ‘It’s caring’ campaign is still running across a number of social media channels.

Please share our campaign posts on your social media channels to help get this important message out.