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- Information for working carers
- Who is a working carer?
Who is a working carer?
A working carer combines paid employment with unpaid personal care, assistance and support to a person who needs this help because of 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, over a short period of time or long term
- the support can be practical (e.g. preparing meals, helping with personal care, managing medicines), emotional or spiritual.
Who is covered?
Under the Fair Work Act 2009, carer’s leave is available for:
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 also protects carers of people with cancer from workplace discrimination. This includes family members (spouse, de facto partner and other relatives) and unrelated carers who provide assistance to a person affected by cancer.
Contact your state or territory anti-discrimination organisation to see whether they provide similar protection.
Kerryann White, Manager, People and Culture, Cancer Council SA; Nicola Martin, Principal, McCabe Curwood, NSW; Jane Auchettl, Coordinator, Education and Training Programs, Cancer Council Victoria; Craig Brewer, Consumer; Alana Cochrane, Human Resources Business Partner, Greater Bank Newcastle, NSW; Shona Gates, Senior Social Worker, North West Cancer Centre, North West Regional Hospital, TAS; Dianne Head, Cancer Nurse Coordinator, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead, NSW; Alex Kelly, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Aon, NSW; Prof Bogda Koczwara AM, Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Medical Oncology, Flinders Medical Centre, SA; Sharyn McGowan, Occupational Therapist, Bendigo Health, VIC; Jeanne Potts, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Victoria; Michelle Smerdon, Legal and Financial Support Services Manager, Cancer Council NSW. We would also like to than the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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