This page will be updated regularly throughout 2022 to provide resources, information, and links to opportunities to support both women who care, and employers.
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.
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.
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 + Employers
Carers NSW has developed the Carers + Employers program, which defines best practice standards for supporting staff with caring responsibilities.
Your Caring Way
Carers Queensland has developed Your Caring Way, a new program of services that focus upon carers wanting to pursue their own goals including new skills for a new 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)
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.