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Carer support

Treasury supports carers and ensures they have the same rights, choices and opportunities as other Australians regardless of age, race, gender, disability, sexuality, religious or political beliefs, cultural or linguistic heritage and socio‑economic status or locality.

During 2019-20, Treasury’s carer support framework has enabled practical and active support for employees in responding to bushfire and air quality issues, and in particular, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Treasury’s carer support framework includes:

  • a non-discriminatory definition of family in the Treasury Enterprise Agreement 2018–2021 which recognises relatives by blood, marriage, strong traditional or ceremonial affinity and genuine domestic or household relationships
  • flexible working arrangements to assist employees in balancing work and family responsibilities including, home-based work, flexible hours, purchased leave, part-time work and job-sharing
  • carer’s rooms available to employees to assist them in their caring responsibilities in instances where care is temporarily and unexpectedly unavailable
  • being an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. Treasury supports employees who wish to breastfeed in the workplace and is committed to ensuring that work and breastfeeding can be combined
  • access to accumulated personal leave to care for sick family and household members, or people for whom employees have caring responsibilities
  • access to unpaid carer’s leave to care for or support family or household members, or if an unexpected family or household emergency arises
  • access to the Employee Assistance Program for free, professional and confidential counselling for employees, their immediate family members and people with whom they are in a close relationship.