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Carer Friendly Employers

In Australia, 70% of working age carers are employed and combining paid work with caring for someone with disability, mental health challenge, a chronic condition, terminal illness, or someone who is frail aged. That means that if you want to be an employer of choice, it is important to be able to acknowledge carers in your workplace and know what resources are available.

The Carer Friendly Employer program is the first of its kind in Australia and for more than 5 years has been assisting workplaces to support their employees. The Carer Friendly Employers service will help you define best practice standards for supporting your staff with their caring responsibilities. Our team can also support you on your journey to becoming an ‘Accredited Carer Employer’.

What does it look like to be a carer friendly employer?
  • Giving carers in your workplace the ability to balance work and care.
  • Providing flexibility and support resources to carers in your workplace.
  • Adhering to the Carer Recognition Act 2010 and Fair Work Act.

1 in 9 Australian employees are carers.


Supporting carers is great for business.

Did you know that employees are more likely to become carers within the ages of 45-64 years? That is the same age demographic that your staff are most likely to be holding more senior roles or having significant amounts of experience in your organisation. If they are unable to balance both their work and caring roles, you could very well stand to loose them all together. Investing in your employee retention is vital to business success and creating a carer friendly workplace will help you retain your population of employees who are also carers.

Being a carer friendly employer has additional benefits including:

  • Endorsement as a care friendly employer
  • Attraction and retention of staff
  • Building a resilient workforce
  • Reduction of recruitment and training costs
  • Improved staff morale and engagement
  • Reduced employee stress and absenteeism
  • Increased productivity and improved service delivery

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