As the proportion of carers in the workplace rises, there is an increasing necessity for employers to change how they operate. Implementing flexible workplace provisions which allow people to combine work and care will increasingly underpin the capacity of employers to attract skilled workers, retain experienced employees (thus saving on the costs and disruption of replacing those employees) and foster a productive, efficient and effective workforce.



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

Our Guide for Employers is designed to help your organisation identify and support carers within the workplace. It includes all you need to know about carers and what your organisation can do to become a carer-friendly employer.

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.