Carers desperately need a pay rise - Link to VCOSS article

Foster and kinship carers play a crucial role in our society, helping raise the nearly 8,000 Victorian children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned, or for some other reason find themselves under state protection.


These kids are vulnerable and impressionable, and the efforts of their carers play a pivotal role in shaping their future.

Many people become carers out of circumstance and duty, or simply because the work is important and rewarding. In recognition of this critical role played by the state’s 1,500 carers—and the costs they incur along the way—the Victorian Government pays carers an allowance calculated on a sliding scale from $10,000 to $40,000 annually, plus loadings.


But these allowances aren’t keeping up with the true costs of caring for children.

Victorian carers desperately need a pay rise.


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