New resources for carer-inclusive workplaces

The Federal Government has launched a new initiative for Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers and workplaces to aid their employment.


The Carer Inclusive Workplace Initiative helps employers better support and retain employees who also have unpaid caring duties.

It provides a carer-friendly workplace framework including a self-assessment tool and e-learning modules to help businesses become more inclusive of people who are balancing caring responsibilities in their lives alongside their paid jobs.

It will help employers develop and adopt practices that support employees with caring responsibilities, making their workplaces more inclusive for carers.

Employers who participate can be recognised as a Government-endorsed carer-inclusive workplace with a logo to display at their business and in marketing materials.

The Carer Inclusive Workplace Initiative was the result of the Jobs and Skills Summit last year after listening to carers about the barriers they face in entering and retaining flexible work that accommodates their caring roles.

Other announcements on National Carers Week included funding for a National Carer Strategy, expected to be delivered by the end of 2024, and the extension of the Carer Gateway for two years to deliver wellbeing services to carers.

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said: “This is a time for us to reflect on the challenges carers face, to listen to their experiences and consider how we can strengthen support and inclusion for them.”

More information can be found on the Carer Inclusive Workplace Initiative website.

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