Carers' Responsibilities

Eldercare and caring for a family member with disability

A significant caring role that is undertaken by many people is caring for elderly and/or disabled family members. Carers in the paid workforce are under pressure to manage their competing roles and require flexible responses from employers. UNSW recognizes the importance of this role and extends a range of flexible work options to support employees to fulfil this role.

Staff with carers responsibilities are entitled to use their sick leave for the purpose of caring for an immediate family member with a disability.

Applying for Carer's Leave
You can apply for Carer's Leave online via myUNSW

Men and caring responsibilities

Many men take an active role in caring for dependent children, elderly parents and family members with a disability. Traditional family structures are changing as more women continue to work after the birth of their children. There is also a growing expectation that both parents will be share the care of their dependent children. Men who are embracing this change seek to create a better work-life balance to support their carers responsibilities. Life cycle changes also bring about new caring responsibilities, with some men finding themselves responsible for the care of elderly parents.

Equalisation of salary (Professional Staff)

This scheme provides for a flexible payment of salary arrangement allowing  employees to take additional periods of leave during the year and to have their salary equalised over the entire year. It may assist employees with carers responsibilities who require additional leave to care for elderly or disabled family members.  

How flexible work options can assist with carers' responsibilities

Flexible work practices enable carers to fulfil their caring and work commitments.  Some examples of flexible work practices include negotiating a late start or early finish to pick up / drop off children and equalisation of salary to cover school holidays.