About the Council - Community Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

About the Council

The Queensland Carers Advisory Council is appointed to provide advice to the Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland on strategies for increasing recognition and support for carers by public authorities and the broader community.

Members are appointed for a period of 2 years. There are 8 roles available:

  • 3 carer representatives
  • 1 grandparent carer representative
  • 3 representatives from organisations that support carers
  • 1 representative from an organisation that supports grandparent carers.

The role of members

The Council usually meets for 2 hours during business hours, 3 times a year in Brisbane. The first meeting will be early in 2018. The functions of the Council are to: 

  • work to advance the interests of carers and promote compliance by public authorities with the carers charter
  • make recommendations to the Minister in enhancing compliance by public authorities with the carers charter
  • provide general advice to the Minister on matters relating to carers
  • carry out other functions as directed by the Minister.

In between official meetings, members may be invited to contribute to out-of-session consultations or working groups to address particular issues. It is recognised that some carer members may not be able to participate in these activities.

Who should nominate

Nominations are invited from Queensland residents who have an understanding of carers and their families, a strategic focus on carers’ issues and strong networks and involvement in their community.

All carers and organisations that support carers are encouraged to nominate including:

  • carers in rural or remote areas
  • young carers, older carers, grandparent carers
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander carers
  • carers with disability
  • carers from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex carers.

It is not possible to nominate someone else for membership. However, if you know of someone who would be a suitable representative, please encourage them to apply.


The Carers (Recognition) Act 2008 defines carers as:

  • individuals who provide, in a non-contractual and unpaid capacity, ongoing care or assistance to another person who, because of disability, frailty, chronic illness or pain, requires assistance with everyday tasks. Foster and kinship carers do not fall within the scope of the Act.
  • grandparents who are the primary care giver for their grandchild and the grandchild lives with them.

The Act includes the Carers Charter. Read the Carers (Recognition) Act 2008.

You must be a Queensland resident to be a member of the Council.

Selection criteria

Members will be appointed based on their:

  • ­personal experience as a carer or, for organisational representatives, their experience in working in an organisation that supports carers
  • ­demonstrated awareness of the diverse issues and concerns of carers
  • ­demonstrated contributions to community initiatives and good community networks
  • ­demonstrated ability to represent the interests of carers.

A selection panel will consider nominations against these selection criteria. Applicants may be invited to an interview. Recommendations will be made to the Minister and Premier for endorsement. All successful and unsuccessful nominees will be advised in writing.

Carer members and unpaid representatives of carer organisations will be remunerated for attendance at official Council meetings and all members will be reimbursed for related out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending official meetings  in accordance with the Remuneration Procedures for Part-time Chairs and Members of Queensland Government Bodies (PDF).


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