Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:39): (1493) My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers and Deputy Premier, the Honourable James Merlino. My question relates to the portfolio responsibilities of disability, ageing and carers.
Every day more than 736 000 Victorians provide extraordinary support and care for those who need it the most. We celebrated National Carers Week from 10 to 16 October this year to recognise and celebrate Victoria’s carers. Carers support their family members or friends who need care due to chronic illness, mental illness, disability or old age. The coronavirus pandemic has also added to their work as carers. The Andrews Labor government is showing its thanks to the selfless carers through the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program.
My question to the minister is: can the minister please provide me an update on how the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program will benefit the carers of the Western Metropolitan Region? We are delivering $2.6 million to support carers to help them reconnect when it is safe to do so. I thank all the carers for the selfless unpaid support they are providing.