Working & Caring
With over 2 million carers of working age in Australia, you may be surprised to find out that many of your past or current workmates may also be in a caring role. Juggling a caring role with work can be tough, and talking to your employer about your situation can be a daunting prospect. However a supportive employer and a little bit of flexibility in your workplace could make a big difference to your life. If you decide to talk to your employer about your caring role, keep in mind that you are not obliged to go into detail about your loved one and your relationship.
Before you do talk to them, it is a good idea to be aware of your rights as a carer at work, which are protected by anti-discrimination laws as well as Australia’s National Employment Standards (NES). Under these laws your employer cannot discriminate against you because of your caring responsibilities – you should have the same treatment and opportunities as all other employees.
You also have the right to request special arrangements to help you do your job at the same time as being a young carer. The NES set out what all employees are entitled to as a minimum in the workplace, and it covers carer’s leave and flexible working arrangements, you can find out more here. You can also check out the at home section for more information about respite and financial assistance that may be available to you.