Good 360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Careers

Employers Encouraged to Provide Flexible Workplaces for Carers


Monday, 25th March 2013 at 9:04 am
Staff Reporter
Employers are being encouraged to provide flexible working arrangements for carers by registering for the Federal Government’s Care Aware Workplaces program.


Monday, 25th March 2013
at 9:04 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Employers Encouraged to Provide Flexible Workplaces for Carers
Monday, 25th March 2013 at 9:04 am

Employers are being encouraged to provide flexible working arrangements for carers by registering for the Federal Government’s Care Aware Workplaces program.

The program is reportedly designed to improve workplace arrangements for carers.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, said that having a supportive employer can make a huge difference to a carer staying in the workforce.

“By becoming a Care Aware Workplace, workplaces commit to better understanding the needs and values of carers and to encourage flexible workplace arrangements for them,” McLucas said.

“The benefits go both ways – by improving working arrangements for unpaid carers, employers can help carers balance their job with their caring role. And in turn, businesses will benefit from increased staff energy and engagement, and see a reduction in staff turnover and retraining costs.

“This is about creating a truly inclusive community. We want carers to have the opportunity to take part in all aspects of society, including the chance to participate fully in work, community and family life.”

McLucas said Australia has around 2.6 million unpaid carers, supporting family members and friends with disability, medical conditions or mental illness, or who are frail or aged.

“With more than 2 million of these carers of workforce age, many people may be surprised to learn that their colleagues may have caring responsibilities,” she said.

“The spotlight on the Care Aware Workplaces program follows the recent commitment of the Australian Government to amend the the Fair Work Act.”

Carers Australia chief executive Ara Cresswell said that all employers should show their commitment to employees by becoming a Care Aware Workplace.

“Becoming a Care Aware Workplace sends a strong message to all staff that employers understand the needs of employees and the benefits of personalised work arrangements, particularly for carers,” Cresswell said.

The program has been open to businesses since the Care Aware campaign launched in August 2012.

The government said there are 37 organisations with more than 13,696 employees already registered as Care Aware Workplaces.

The Care Aware Workplace program is free, voluntary, self-managed and open to all Australian workplaces. To register visit careaware.com.au/workplaces. 



FEATURED SUPPLIERS


HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

...


More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

One to Watch: Adam Jahnke

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 17th October 2017 at 8:56 am

Federal Govt Extends Advocacy Funding – States Called on to Follow Suit

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 9th August 2017 at 4:02 pm

Government ‘Ideologically Opposed to Human Rights’ Says Departing Triggs

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 26th July 2017 at 3:21 pm

POPULAR

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th November 2017 at 2:28 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Good 360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!