Trying to maintain both paid work and an unpaid caring role can be incredibly stressful. Many carers describe it as like trying to hold down two full-time jobs.

There are many reasons why you might be combining work and care: financial necessity, to have a break from your caring role, or maybe it’s an opportunity to get out of the house and interact with others. Whatever the reason, chances are there will be times when balancing these two roles is very challenging. Whether you’ve been a carer for some time, are relatively new to the role or you’re simply planning ahead, these resources provide useful information on combining work and care.


Carers Australia has produced a range of downloadable documents for employees on combining Work & Care.

Our Guide for Employees is designed to assist unpaid family and friend carers who are juggling paid work with their caring responsibilities. It provides information on what the caring role involves, carers’ workplace entitlements, advice on balancing work and caring responsibilities and information on available supports and services for carers. There is also a lift-out for carers to provide to their employer on the benefits of becoming a carer-friendly workplace, and tips on implementing flexible workplace provisions for working carers.

You can also download our general information booklet on Work & Care by clicking here.

We have also developed two reports on employment and care, which provide the background for the Work & Care initiative:

Report No.1 Combining Work and Care

The benefits to carers and the economy

This report establishes the Australian demographic context of the ‘tipping point’ for care, looks at the impact of the caring role on employment and outlines why improving the employment prospects of carers is beneficial to both carers and the economy.

Report No.2 Combining Work and Care

The business case for carer-friendly workplaces

This report illustrates what carers need to combine work and care and highlights the benefits to employers of providing carer-friendly workplaces. It also provides examples of flexible leave and working arrangements.