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Report launched by Professor Allan Fels

Report launched by Professor Allan Fels

The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia

It was the first time a report of this nature had ever been produced which shows the economic value of informal care in Australia and it clearly validates the importance of carers.

There are 240,000 informal mental health carers in Australia – these people are not registered to receive carer benefits.

The report demonstrates it would be a big economic cost to the nation if carers did not provide assistance – it would cost $13.2 billion to replace informal mental health care with formal support in Australia, that’s 1.7 times the current national expenditure on all mental health-related services in Australia.

The majority of informal mental health carers are working age females, while a substantial proportion of mental health carers are young people under the age of 25 (14.7 percent).

At the launch, Professor Fels remarked it was commendable that so many young people are carers, because one in four 18-24 year olds experience a mental ill-health problem every year themselves!

Mr Fels saluted informal carers (often a family member or friend), for their significant role in the care of people with mental illness in Australia.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.