Workforce Management | Creating Carer Friendly Workplaces

In the coming years, more people than ever before will need to take on caring responsibilities.

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 currently caring now, they will likely care for someone in the future or will need care themselves. 

Creating a carer friendly workplace is not just good employment practice, it makes good business sense too.

Research shows that carer friendly workplaces benefit from:

  • improved staff retention
  • reduced recruitment and training costs
  • reduced stress, sick leave and absenteeism
  • improved staff morale and engagement
  • increased productivity2

Supporting people to balance work and care also has wider benefits for the community and economy.  Each year, carers contribute an estimated $60.3 billion of unpaid labour to the Australian economy – the equivalent of 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care a year.

When employees are enabled to balance work and care, it contributes to the well-being of individual carers and their families and also demonstrates a commitment to good corporate citizenship.

Carers + Employers is a national employer accreditation program that recognises carer friendly workplaces and is the first of its kind in Australia.  Members are part of a network of progressive employers interested in sharing best practice in developing carer friendly workplaces.  For more information visit

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Survey of Disability, ageing and Carers.
2 Supporting Working Carers: The Benefits to Families, Business and the Economy, Final Report to the Carers in Employment Task and Finish Group, HM Government, Employers for carers and carers UK (2013). Evidence was based on research with 200 + employers in the UK.
3 Deloitte Access Economics (2015) The Economic Value of Informal Care in Australia 2015.

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