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.
[ Minister's second reading speech made in--
House of Representatives on 29 September 2010
Senate on 25 October 2010 ]