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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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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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swivel-seatThe unit is placed directly on the car seat. The top part swivels, removing the need to twist to get out of a car.

A swivel seat swings out of the car to a 90 degree angle and faces sideways out of the car. This can make transferring into the seat easier. Some swivel seats are manually operated and some can be power operated to make it easy to rotate and lift a person.

Another device using a similar principle is a seat extender, which is a seat that swivels and extends out of a vehicle to make it even easier to enter the vehicle.

Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to about $130 for a standard swivel seat, depending on the model.


Willshire Motor Trimmers specialises in disability conversions and supply and fit a large range of automotive aids including the swivel seat (pictured). They supply all items nationally but fitting is only available in South Australia.


Southside Health and Hire Centre in South Lismore is a national medical, surgical, rehabilitation and fitness supplier that can help you with all the information you need to know about car swivel seats and a host of other products to make life easier and more comfortable.

They stock everything from walking aides and electric wheelchairs to cutlery, waterproof bedding options, bathroom equipment, all kinds of braces and daily living aids, vitamins, fitness and exercise equipment.

They have two nurses and a naturopath on duty daily to give free advice and offer a great flexible hire and purchase scheme on fitness, homecare and rehabilitation items, including for treadmills, exercise bikes, weights and lifting equipment.

They will post or freight nationally.

Contact them on (02) 6621 4440, 1800 069 777 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Living in Comfort, in Bondi Junction, is another supplier of car swivel seats.

They also have hundreds of other products to choose from to make life at home and at work much easier.

Contact them on (02) 9369 1155 or visit http://www.agedcareonline.com.au/nsw/multi-region/living-in-comfort/index.htm

Working Carers Support Gateway: online news, information and support for working carers

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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