Member of the Legislative Council, Natasha Maclaren-Jones has called for nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2015 and asked the local community to nominate outstanding unpaid carers and carer-friendly organisations carers they know.

The NSW Carers Awards 2015 are an opportunity to celebrate the dedication, commitment and valuable contributions of unpaid carers across NSW.

Mrs Maclaren-Jones encouraged everyone in NSW to nominate an unpaid carer or organisation so they receive the acknowledgement and appreciation they deserve.

“Carers provide many vital hours of unpaid support to members of our community, improving their lives and saving Australian taxpayers an estimated $40 billion in formal care costs annually,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

One in 10 people in NSW dedicate their time to caring for someone who needs care because of disability, mental illness, a chronic health condition, dementia or ageing.

“This amazing role is selflessly played by so many in our community and this is a great time to honour these silent heroes. 

Nominating a carer for the NSW Carer’s Awards is a unique way of saying thank you and let local carers and organisations that go above and beyond know they are truly valued.

Nominations can be made in the following categories:

Carers Award – Individual: For individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to caring.

Carers Award – Organisation: For community groups, government agencies, or other organisations who provide exceptional support to carers.

This year, up to 55 awards are available for individuals and organisations to be honoured during Carers Week, which runs from Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 October 2015.

Nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2015 close on Monday 29 June at 5.00pm and can be made online at

The 2015 NSW Carer of the Year will be announced at a ceremony at Parliament House on Monday 12 October 2015.