The current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has presented governments and employers with significant challenges. It has also bought about new challenges for carers and the people they care for. Before we look at these, it is important to remember:
Many workplaces have information, policies, portals and hubs for parents caring for children. Supporting families and developing family friendly workplaces is to be applauded. Parents and guardians who access parental leave are often classified as primary or secondary carers.
However, it is important to know that there is a large group of people who are carers (1 in 8 according to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015) that do not include parents (with some exceptions). Commonwealth…Continue
While 1 in 8 is the official figure for the number of Australian employees who are carers, it is likely that this is an under representation as many carers don’t identify as one. This is particularly so for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and for Aboriginal Australians.
It is important that…Continue
Advances in medical technology mean that people with disability are living longer, while Australians are retiring later and choosing to age at home. If employees are not…Continue