For some of us the role of a working carer is a gradual, planned undertaking. For others, it can be so unexpected you feel like Alice in Wonderland as you try and navigate your way through a maze of services in a world turned upside down. Either way, caring adds another ball to what is a daily juggling routine of work, family and life commitments.
Your rights at work
Proposed changes to workplace rights and entitlements, including those relating to working carers, has dominated national media headlines recently. We've written this overview to help you navigate the ins and outs of your rights under State and Federal industrial relations, anti-discrimination and privacy laws.
Applying for the Carer Allowance
As a working carer are you receiving all the benefits you are entitled to? There are a number of Social Security payments you and those you care for can apply for. This article, written by Terry Humphries, a working carer, draws on his experiences with the Carer Allowance over a number of years. Terry gives some helpful suggestions that may help you with your application.
Staying Warm This Winter
Winter is usually a time for quietly curling up at home and staying warm. It is a good time for reflection and thoughtfulness about your life, including your caring role. While the days may be shorter and your activities limited, remember that after the winter solstice on June 21, the days start getting longer again. This article has some tips on enjoying winter and taking care of yourself and the person you care for.
Who is a Working Carer?
They are ‘out there’ in their tens of thousands…..people who work and also look after a child, relative or friend in need of help because they are ill, frail, have a disability or are ageing, however many people do not identify as a working carer. This article not only defines working carers but has information about the benefits and support available to this growing demographic.