An information hub for women who are carers, and employers
It can be challenging for women to work, study or volunteer while also providing care. It can also be confusing for employers to know how to make adjustments so that carers feel supported and able to work. This information hub provides information, resources, and opportunities for both carers and employers.
This page will be updated regularly throughout 2023 to provide resources, information, and links to opportunities to support both women who care, and employers.
If you’re a carer, former carer, employer or manager who is passionate about supporting women carers to get into and stay in paid work, we would love to hear from you!
Maybe you’re a carer who has a resource which helped you navigate caring and working? Taken a course which you’ve raved about to other carers?
You might be an employer thinking about how to refresh your workplace policies to support your employees to thrive? A manager who has had someone disclose to you that they are a carer and you’re looking for ideas on how to support them?
Contact us to find out how you can get involved with or contribute to this information hub.
Season 3: The Secret Life of Carers
Our podcast ‘The Secret Life of Carers’ returns with host Jamila Rizvi for Season 3 on Friday, 30 June 2023.
This season, we speak to five fascinating women in varying stages of their career/work experience to better understand their unique challenges and address the caring employment gap.
I'm a carer...
See our guide to ‘Carers in the workplace’ to learn more about your rights, and tips for talking about your caring role at work.
Carers WA | Carers – Be Job Ready!
Carers WA has a program called 'Carers - Be Job Ready!' which supports carers in their return to employment by providing realistic information and practical skills which can be utilised to secure and maintain employment.
Carer Gateway | Your rights when working while caring
Carer Gateway has helpful information about your rights at work, talking with your employer, and reaching an agreement.
Carer Gateway | 12 ideas and links for working and caring
You might be an employee, as well as a carer. Many companies are developing ways to better support carers. This is good for carers, providing income, independence, and fulfillment.
Carer Gateway has outlined some ideas and helpful links on how your employer can support you and provided some links to help you discuss this topic with them.
Harrow Carers (UK) | Transferable Caring Skills for the Workplace
Harrow Carers is a service based in the UK for unpaid carers. Being a carer gives you a wide range of experience, knowledge, and skills that you can bring to the workplace. This information dives into the many transferable skills you bring to the table.
Future Women - Jobs Academy
Jobs Academy is a free, year long, virtual program, designed to help you find a job and build a rewarding career.
We know that if you’ve been out of work for a while, it can be daunting to start again. But with the right confidence, capabilities and connections, anything is possible. By joining Jobs Academy, you’ll become part of our vibrant community of professional women, and receive the mentoring and skills you need to reach your goals.
Future Women's Job Academy will also introduce you to employers who are looking to hire women like you, right now, to fill flexible, secure and rewarding jobs.
Work Force Australia
Workforce Australia is a place Australians can search and apply for jobs or find more information on their pathway to employment.
Salesforce is helping parents to realise their potential. By harnessing the power of the Salesforce eco-system they provide flexible well-paid career opportunities to those who are under or unemployed. Salesforce Superums programs have empowered trainees and volunteers from around the world to leave the program with confidence, skills, and work experience to pursue a new more flexible career.
I'm an employer or manager...
You might know some of your employees are carers. What you might not know is how many of your employees are carers – there are 2.65 million carers in Australia!
For a range of reasons, we know that carers might not have told their manager or employer that they are a carer. Therefore, it is very important employers around the country are given the tools and information to be able to support their employees who are carers.
See our guide to ‘Carers in the workplace’ to learn more about the benefits of hiring (and retaining) carers as employees, along with practical information about your obligations.
What is a carer?
Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. Carers are an integral part of Australia’s health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems.
What do carers do?
Caring may include help and support with any of the daily activities of living of the person being cared for. It may include physical and personal care such as dressing, lifting, showering, toileting, feeding or providing transport. Commonly, carers are responsible for the management of medications, and also provide emotional and social support. Caring may also involve help with organising and attending appointments, banking and dealing with emergencies.
How many carers are there?
With 2.65 million carers in Australia, which is about 11% of the population, you probably know one! Every carer and their caring role is unique.
Quick facts about carers
7 out of 10 primary carers are women.
The average age of a primary carer is 54.
1 in 11 carers are under the age of 25.
(see ABS’ 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers for more information)
The Carer-Inclusive Workplace Initiative
The Carer-Inclusive Workplace initiative emerged as a result of recommendations from the Australian Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit with the aim to promote equal opportunities and reduce barriers to employment for carers.
The Initiative encourages employers to self-assess their carer inclusive practices and policies. They can then explore and initiative improvements by taking up the extensive resources available on the web hub or even consider carer inclusive accreditation in this area!
Carers WA | Creating a carer-friendly workplace
Carers WA has created a guide for employers and employees to work towards becoming a carer-friendly workplace.
Carers NSW | 10 tips for a carer-friendly workplace
Carers NSW have pulled together their Top 10 Tips for a carer-friendly workplace. There are many ways that an organisation can better support carers in their workforce. Even a small, simple adjustment can make a significant difference.
Forbes | How Businesses Can Support Their Caregiving Employees
Danielle Kost contributes to Forbes Magazine on how businesses can support their employees who are carers.
Harvard Business School (US) | The Caring Company
Harvard Business School report on "How employers can help employees manage their caregiving responsibilities—while reducing costs and increasing productivity"
Carers Employers - Vimeo Video Suite or Resources
Access 10 videos to be on your way to becoming a certified carer-friendly workplace.
Carers + Employers
A project of Carers NSW supported by the NSW Government supporting carers in the workplace.
Future Women is the only Australian organisation of its kind. We help employers create a culture that supports and celebrates women, improving recruitment, retention and promotion.
This information hub is one part of Carers Australia’s ‘Women Who Care’ project. This project is supported by funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Women’s Leadership and Development Program.