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Who is
Carers SA?

Carers SA provides support to family carers across South Australia.

Carers are at the heart of everything we do. We want your contribution to be valued and your voice to be heard. You should know we’re with you, every step of the way. We support you through offering advice, information, training, counselling and respite.

About Us

Carers SA’s vision is for an Australia that values and supports carers.

Our mission is to work to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience and financial security of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and the government.

We are the voice of carers, so that their contribution to the South Australian community
and economy is recognised.

Carers SA encourages partnership with government and the health and community sectors to enhance service provision and improve the conditions for family carers through policy development, research and advocacy.

Our Values are:

  1. Inclusivity – All carers are treated with respect, dignity and as a person in their own right. Carers SA people are respectful of diversity whether that be as an individual or caused by geography.
  1. Empathy – Carers SA people are open, approachable and are always willing to provide assistance to carers, the community and each other.
  1. Integrity – Carers SA people always act with honesty, accountability and transparency when engaging with carers, the community and each other.
  1. Professional Excellence – Carers SA people strive to provide services of a high quality to carers and other customers. They are progressive in their thoughts and actions and aim to be leaders in the sector.
  1. Collaboration – Carers SA people work with carers as partners, focusing on individual strengths with the aim to enhance positive outcomes. All external partnership opportunities are investigated and pursued to best serve the communities we work in and with.

These values represent how Carers SA and its people will engage with carers, each other and the broader community.

Our History

Looking back at what started in 1988 as an idea, then in 1989 became a grassroots movement of carers and service providers, we now see an organisation that has grown and evolved to become a state wide organisation.

Meet the Team

Carers SA utilises the talents and skills of a dedicated board, an experienced management team, a knowledgeable staff group, and key volunteers to underpin our work with, and on behalf of, caring families.

Executive Managers

  • David


    David’s experience in the not-for-profit sector spans senior management positions across homelessness, aged care, families and youth, in both regional and metropolitan regions. David joined Carers SA in March 2014 as Executive Manager Community Services and was appointed as CEO in April 2017. David has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Recreation, Planning and Management and a Master in Business Administration.

  • Jo

    Executive Manager Finance & Corporate Services

    Jo is a Chartered Accountant and joined Carers SA in 2015. She previously worked as an auditor in Big 4 firms and as a Financial Controller for a large corporate company. She has a strong passion for the not for profit sector and brings a wealth of finance, risk, Human Resources, IT, operational and administration knowledge to the organisation.

  • Sharon

    Executive Manager Service Delivery

    Sharon is an experienced Executive Manager with over 10 years’ experience working at Senior and Executive level , managing services in metropolitan, regional and remote locations across Australia. Sharon re-joined Carers SA in June 2018. Sharon believes leadership starts with relationships - excellent relationships with stakeholders, consumers, clients and staff. Change is a constant in our evolving society and Sharon is committed to being involved, guiding teams and being an active change agent.

  • Sue
    De Silva

    Office Manager Finance & Corporate Services

    Sue joined Carers SA in 2001 after working in the not for profit sector for nine years. She has an Associate Diploma in HR and WHS as well as a solid background in Financial Management. Human Resource Management is the focus of Sue’s work along with her other portfolios of IT, Premises and Vehicle Fleet Management.

  • Shaun

    Executive Manager People & Change

    Shaun has 20 years’ experience in operational, human resources and development leadership roles within the commercial sector. He is passionate and committed to applying his expertise in leadership, coaching, continuous improvement and facilitation to deploy solutions to drive strong people and business performance. Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Human Resource Management and a Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

Program Managers

  • Libby

    Program Manager Carer Support Planning

  • Michael

    Program Manager Local Service Delivery

Our Board

  • Lyn
    Woodforde OAM


    Lyn is a past and current carer and has been an Ambassador of Carers SA since 2007. She has represented Carers SA on numerous Mental Health Reference Groups and is a ministerial appointee to the Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee. Lyn was appointed to the Board in 2010, became Vice President in 2012 and has acted as our President since 2013. Awarded Order of Australia Medals (OAM) in the General Division (June 2019)

  • Phil

    Vice President

    Phil has over 30 years experience in disability service provision and management having worked in Government and non-Government organisations aiming to enhance the lives of people living with a disability and their families. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma Public Sector Management and is a FACID (Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors). He was appointed to the Board in February 2014.

  • Susan


    Susan is a Certified Practicing Accountant, member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Governance Risk and Compliance Institute and is a qualified stockbroker. She is currently Head of Compliance and Operations at Taylor Collision having previously worked as an Audit Director at a second tier accounting firm and began her career at the Auditors Generals. Susan has served on a number of not for profit boards and was appointed to the Carers SA board in June 2017.

  • Jenny

    Board Director

    Jenny Davies is a former university lecturer with qualifications in social work, urban and regional planning. Jenny was elected to the board in November 2014 and appointed as Vice President in 2015.

  • Dani

    Board Director

    Dani has over ten years of human resources, recruitment and senior account management experience within large national and global organisations. She is one of two founding Directors of Harrison McMillan an Adelaide based recruitment firm and has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Dani holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Certificate IV in Front Line Management and a Bachelor of Science. She was appointed to the Board in April 2017.

  • Ralph

    Board Director

    Ralph has been a full time family carer for twenty-one years and had been a member of Carers SA since 2007. Ralph looks forward to building better supports for carers through his advocacy as a member of the Carers SA Board. Appointed November 2017.

  • Kerrie

    Board Director

    Kerrie has been a carer for a family member for the past fifteen years. Kerrie is the CEO of Girl Guides SA and has worked in high level management positions for other not-for-profit organisations. Kerrie's qualifications include, a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies, Diploma of Property, Diploma of Management, Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Arts. Appointed to the Board November 2017.

  • Adrian

    Board Director

    Adrian retired in July 2018 after over 43 years with Deloitte where he undertook a range of roles including being a Principle in their Audit & Assurance group. Adrian's qualifications include, a Bachelor of Economics, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia and New Zealand. Appointed to the Board May 2019.

  • Lynne

    Board Director


Carers SA is a not-for-profit incorporated association with a mixed income base including funding by the SA and Australian Governments. We are part of a national network of Carers Associations and a member of Carers Australia, the recognised national peak body representing and advocating on behalf of family and friend carers throughout Australia.

Download our most recent Annual Report and Strategic Plan to find out more.

Service Excellence

Carers SA has achieved Certificate level accreditation of Australian Service Excellence Standards, which is an internationally accredited quality improvement program initiated by the Department of Human Services. This demonstrates our commitment to quality service delivery.

Contact Us

Contact our friendly team for advice on
1800 242 636

Or use our contact form.

If you would prefer to read about how we can help before getting in touch, download an outline of “Our Services” brochure.


Media Contact

Journalists or media professionals wanting further information, a comment or an interview should speak with our CEO, David Militz.

Please contact Tania Starr, Executive Assistant.
Email: Tania@carers-sa.asn.au
Phone: (08) 8291 5626

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