Carers Queensland Inc. began its life as the Queensland Council of Carers – the brainchild of a dedicated group of people engaged in various roles within the Health and Welfare System
The initial grant from government was for $1.25 million dollars to fund the cost of running the organisation for its first year and hosting of a national conference. The current site at 15 Abbott Street, Camp Hill, was established in 1989.
During the following years, the organisation grew, employing more staff to cover the growing need for carer support. The CARE-line was established in 1990 and in 1996 the Non-English Speaking Background carer’s kit was developed. These were the humble beginnings of our Carer Advisory Service and the extensive Cultural and Linguistically Diverse program, which operates in all of our 12 regional offices.
In 2002 the Carer Mentor Program was introduced (now being operated as the Friends Care Program) and in 2003 the National Carer Counseling Program commenced, followed by the Young Carer Project in 2004.
Carers Queensland has continued to grow and expand its range of programs and the support services offered to the 494,000 family carers across Queensland; and currently operates with over 100 staff in 13 locations throughout the State.