Feb 11, 2020

Helping unpaid carers back into the workforce

There are over a million unpaid carers in Australia.

And they are a diverse group! Age, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic circumstances – they hail from all walks of life.

They are a spouse or partner, son or daughter, brother or sister, relative or friend, neighbour or stranger; many of whom are themselves affected by significant challenges.

Physical disability, mental health issues, dementia, aged related frailty (both in the home and in residential care) – all included.

They share a common attribute.

They have readily forgone their needs for those of someone else – beyond that which is typical – for little or no recognition; including financial compensation.

If all the unpaid carers in Australia suddenly decided they should enjoy the same independence as the rest of us, to pick up the slack, it would cost Australian taxpayers, more than we spend on defence.

Over the years I have been proudly associated with Carers Queensland, a common theme has emerged consistently amongst carers of working age.

“What do I do when my caring responsibilities come to an end?”

The NDIS is a national acknowledgement that those with disabilities deserve the resources and freedom to direct (where possible) their own care and live the life they feel is best for them.

Their unpaid carers, who have provided the bulk of their physical and emotional support, will always remain a precious and trusted advocate and influencer.

But these carers are affected by a unique disadvantage. Many have spent decades unable to avail themselves of the opportunities the rest of us take for granted; paid employment, education and training. Many don’t possess the experience required to apply for paid employment much less undertake it.

With that in mind, I am delighted to advise that following discussion with the Commonwealth Government and other national well-regarded RTO’s (Registered Training Organisations), in the very near future, Carers Queensland will be significantly expanding its well-regarded RTO which has helped carers to obtain employment, within and beyond Queensland.

With this in mind, if you or anyone you know is interested in being part of this wonderful project, please follow the link below to see the 1st stage positions we are seeking to recruit.

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