Employed Carers Program

This program offers support to carers that enables them to remain in the workforce and balance their caring responsibilities.

The program provides carers with respite solutions and other support so they can remain active in the workforce or possibly return to work after taking a break to provide care. The range of respite services include:

  • arranging of services such as home visits, Meditrack devices and Meals on Wheels
  • helping the cared-for person attend appointments
  • providing companionship to the cared-for person
  • providing access to day programs in aged care centres
  • arranging services that allow you to attend to work obligations like training or business trips

Our Employed Carers coordinator can also assist in discussions with your employer to tailor flexible work practices to your caring responsibilities. These include:

  • flexible starting and finishing times
  • compressed working hours
  • annualised working hours
  • job sharing or part-time employment
  • working from home
  • flexible holidays to fit in with alternative care arrangements

Call Carers ACT to speak with a program coordinator and arrange a comprehensive carer’s needs assessment.


This program is available to carers in the workforce (full-time or part-time), engaged in study or wishing to return to the workforce. The cared-for person must be 65 years of age (50 years of age if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) and older or have early stage dementia while being able to remain at home during the carer’s working hours.

Areas of support

Call Carers ACT to find out more about this program and how else we can help you.

The Employed Carers Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and supported by the Australian Government.