About Carers NT

There were 2.8 million carers in Australia in 2015—some 12 per cent of the population—who care for someone with a disability, a mental illness, a chronic condition, a terminal illness, a drug or alcohol issue, or who is frail aged.

Northern Territory carers

These carers aren’t paid support workers. They’re mums, dads, grandparents, kids, siblings, friends, neighbours—unpaid carers who devote their lives to caring for a loved one or friend.

All walks of life

In the Northern Territory, there are more than 30,000 unpaid carers. These are young carers (as young as seven), Indigenous carers, LBGTI carers, carers of aged people, and carers who are ageing themselves.

30,000 Unpaid carers in the NT.

About our organisation

Carers NT is inclusive of all carers and the people they care for, no matter their age, background, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity with offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

Our vision is to have a community in which carers are recognised and valued as a significant asset in which they have access to timely and appropriate services.

We do this by promoting awareness of carers with government funders and the broader community and by giving carers access to services like respite, counselling, social support, advice and information, emotional support, education and advocacy.

These services help carers build their own capacity and ease some of the pressure for them and their families.

The carer’s journey is often a hard one with many hurdles and challenges, but it’s also an honoured one that they cherish. And we understand that. - Steve Vitone - CEO, Carers NT
About Carers NT
2.8 million Unpaid carers in Australia. Almost 80,000 of those carers are under 15 years of age.

Every Australian is connected to carers

No one sets out to be a carer. But the birth of a child with a disability, a car accident, a fall at work, the diagnosis of a terminal illness or the increasing frailty of age can result in anyone becoming a caregiver or care recipient at any time.

Nearly everyone knows someone who’s a carer or relies on one, and it’s inevitable you’ll be one of those people at some time in your life.

The value of carers to Australia is immense

In 2015, those carers put in 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care—a value of $60.3 billion if the government had to pay for it. That’s equivalent to 3.8% of Australia’s GDP and 60% of the health and social work industry.

How would our health system cope if those carers didn’t do what they do? The answer is that it couldn’t. So it’s crucial that we support carers in any way we can.

1.9 billion Unpaid hours of care are provided each year by Australia carers.
Some carers simply don’t get time to clean up their yard or do any gardening due to all the regular tasks, appointments and schedules to support the person they care for. $250 buys a carer a complete yard tidy up, saving them a lot of stress and allowing them to concentrate on the thousand more important things on their mind. - Steve Vitone - CEO, Carers NT

How we use funds to help NT carers

All donations and sponsorship funds raised by Carers NT stay in the Territory and go towards giving carers and their families vital support.

We know many people donate to charities based on their level of certainty that their money will go to the people who need it.

A wonderful fundraiser at our gala ball in 2014 was the ‘carer’s wish list’, where guests could choose to donate for some of the following items:

  • massage for a carer to unwind
  • music therapy sessions
  • play therapy sessions
  • garden care package so a carer can relax and unwind
  • family weekend retreat to Lake Bennett
  • six-week carer education course

Publications and news

Access our strategic plan and latest annual report. We also publish media releases online about the latest updates and carer news from around Australia.

Major sponsors

  • Halikos Group
  • Southern Cross Television
  • Area 9 - Gold Sponsors - Golf Day 2018
  • Arthur J Gallagher Silver Sponsor Golf Day 2018
  • Paywise Gold Sponsor Golf Day 2018


Carers NT acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that Carers NT website and publications may contain images and references to deceased persons

© Carers NT 2016

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