Working while caring
Many carers also work. Your caring duties and your job may both be important and necessary parts of your life. But it may be difficult to balance the demands of caring, family and work.
Learn more about:
- Who is a working carer?
- Who can take paid carer’s leave?
- Will I be able to work?
- Talking to your employer
- Taking time off work
- Financial help for carers
- Support for carers
- Looking after yourself
Who is a working carer?
A working carer combines paid employment with providing unpaid personal care, assistance and support to a person with an illness or disability. There are many different types of caring situations:
- you may be a partner, relative, friend or neighbour
- the person you are caring for may also be employed or you may be looking after someone who isn’t in the workforce
- care can be part-time or full-time, for a short time or long term
- the support can be practical (e.g. helping with meals, personal care, travel to doctors), emotional (e.g. talking) or spiritual (e.g. praying).
Who can take paid carer’s leave?
Carer’s leave is available when looking after certain members of your family or people you live with, including:
- immediate family members – a spouse, de facto partner, partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling (brother or sister)
- your partner’s immediate family members – a child, parent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild of your spouse, partner or de facto partner
- household members – any person who lives with you
- former partners – a former or ex spouse, partner or de facto partner.
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