Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.


Resignation and redundancy from your job

money_icon.jpgAs a working carer if you are made redundant or if you resign from your job the implications on your finances could be critical. This article explains the difference between redundancy and resignation and outlines your financial entitlements for each situation. It also gives an overview of the Centrelink payments you may be entitled to if you are unemployed, and the tax consequences of lump sum payments.

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Dealing with unfair dismissal

work_icon.jpg ‘Unfair dismissal’ is on everybody’s lips as the Federal Government’s proposed new industrial relations changes are debated. “Can I be sacked because of my caring responsibilities?” The answer is a clear no. While the Federal Government does want to reform workplace laws, it also wants carers to participate in paid work and it is committed to retaining protection from unfair termination for workers on discriminatory grounds.

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Work and care, speed hump or launch pad?

EditorialThere is an old homily that goes some thing like “…if you want a job done, give it to a busy person.” I would like to offer an addendum: “If you want several jobs done at the same time, give them to a working carer.”  In this weeks’ edition of Life Matters the story of working carer Sheila Pring brings back many memories for me of the hospital-work-home shuttle.

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Striking the Balance: Women, men, work and family

other_icon.jpgElder care is the next frontier of the work and family debate according to a new discussion paper from the Sex Discrimination Unit. The ‘Striking the Balance: Women, Men, Work and Family’ paper asks whether the traditional model of men as breadwinners and women as primary carers continues to shape the behaviour of carers and the policies of governments and employers, in spite of the range of choices supposedly now available.

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Working With Service Providers

other_icon.jpgAs a working carer, you are probably negotiating a maze of services such as home help, carer support and respite care. If you are not, you should be! Make the most of available services. However sometimes problems arise with services. If you are busy you may feel that continually having to re-negotiate services is too much trouble and cancel them. This article contains some hints from carers about working with service providers to avoid problems arising in the first place, and if they do arise, how to make a complaint.

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