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Welcome to the Working Carers Gateway

This website has been created to help people who are juggling working AND caring roles.

Who is a working carer? - A working carer is a person who is in paid employment and who cares for a relative or friend who is ill, frail, has a disability or is ageing. They may work full-time, part-time, casually or have a business of their own

Recently become a working carer?

Then you have come to the right place. Visit our carer fact sheets to
find out your options when it comes to dealing with Centrelink, your workplace and the new role you have taken on.

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Read the Work 'n' Care Monthly Newsletter

The latest edition Work 'n' Care, Our monthly newsletter, is now available. Take some time and have a look as our goal is to present you with new information and effective projects to improve carers’ lives, so that what works, spreads.

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Employee Guide

Read our employee tips on how to speak with your employer and making your workplace carer friendly.

Employer Advice

Our Employer section has a range of information to help any size employer make the most of the carers at work.

Carers Toolkit

Find out how this toolkit can help you describe daily carer activities for job applications.

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State and Territory disability parking permits have been harmonised to ensure that the permits are recognised around Australia.

The Australian Government Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said that the Australian Disability Parking Permit will replace over 100 types of existing permits currently issued by state, territory and local governments across Australia.

If you already hold a current NSW Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit, it is not affected and will remain valid until its expiry date, unless it is revoked earlier.

You do not need to apply separately for the Australian Disability Parking Permit. You will receive the new Australian Disability Parking Permit in the post during October and November 2010.

There is no additional cost. You should display the new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with your NSW MPS permit as soon as you receive it.

You don’t need an Australian Disability Parking Permit if you have a Temporary MPS Permit issued prior to 20 September 2010. You may continue using your Temporary MPS Permit, just as you do now (in its white plastic holder), until it expires.

New applicants for MPS permits

Applicants for a new MPS permit will now be issued with a new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with their NSW MPS permit.

There will be no changes to the parking concessions in NSW. You will still need to check with the local authority when travelling interstate.

For more information, visit the Commonwealth Government's Australian Disability Parking Scheme website and Frequently Asked Questions . To apply for a permit, go to:


Carer Strategies

Carer Recognition

The NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 (the Act) was introduced to provide recognition of carers and to establish a Carers Advisory Council.

NSW Carers Strategy

The NSW Carers Strategy recognises the valuable contribution that carers make to NSW. The Strategy focuses on five key areas.

National Carers Strategy

The National Carer Strategy contains a vision, an aim and six important priority areas for action. The strategy was developed with key stakeholders.




  • 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia 
  • more than 770,000 carers are primary carers 
  • 300,000 carers are under the age of 24 
  • 150,000 carers are under the age of 18 
  • over 1.5 million carers are of working age (18-64) 
  • 31,600 Indigenous carers are over the age of 15 
  • 620,000 carers were born outside Australia 
  • 366,700 carers were born in non-English speaking countries 
  • 520,000 carers are over 65 years of age 

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