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(3) What is the number of carers (a) under 18 years of age, (b) 18 -21 years of age, (c) 21-65 years of age and (d) 65 years and older.

(4) What programs or initiatives does the Government have in place to target young, that is, under 18 years of age, carers.

(5) What programs or initiatives does the Government have in place to target elderly, that is, over 65 years of age, carers.

(6) What is the funding allocation for the years 2011-12 to 2014-15 for these programs.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. There are 34,900 carers in the ACT. The most current ABS data on carers is the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

2. Refer to Table 31 ALL PERSONS LIVING IN HOUSEHOLDS, Carer status by age and sex-2009 ABS 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

3. Refer above.

4. The ACT Government funds Anglicare ACT to deliver CYCLOPS ACT. The service is for children and young people who have caring responsibility for a member of their family. The service works with the young person and their family, as well as other people identified by the young person as important to their role as a carer, to identify the needs of the young person and their family, and to promote the health and well being of the young person.

The ACT Government funds other programs to support carers in the ACT, across the areas of disability, aged care, mental health and foster and kinship care. These services are not generally targeted to a specific age range, rather they are focussed on individual client need.

5. The ACT Government funds the Carers Advocacy Service (Carers ACT), Community Connections, CatholicCare and Koomarri to work with elderly carers.

The ACT Government also funds other programs to support carers in the ACT, across the areas of disability, aged care, mental health and foster and kinship care. These services are not generally targeted to a specific age range, rather they are focussed on individual client need.

Health Directorate funds Carers ACT to provide counselling, support and referral services to carers of people with a mental illness, including elderly carers. The Home and Community Care program provides funding to Carers ACT. In 2011-12 the funding for services delivered to people over 65 years was $256,900. In addition a number of other HACC services that provide domestic support, social support and transport all impact on the family unit and provide support to both carers and clients of all ages.


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