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Carers Leave Australia

Many working Australians are unaware that they are entitled to carer’s leave. This is a leave of absence from work to provide care or support to a family member who is ill, injured, or has a disability.

The carer’s leave entitlements are generous, but many workers are reluctant to take advantage of them for fear of reprisals from their employer. This is particularly true for those working in small businesses or who are self-employed.

 

There are a number of reasons why carers may choose to leave Australia, including to care for an ill or injured family member overseas, to support a family member through an adoption process, or to take a break from caring for a loved one.

Whatever the reason, carers should be aware of their entitlements and know that they can take leave without fear of retribution.

The entitlement is available to employees who are:

  • The primary carer of a child under school age; or
  • The primary carer of a child under 18 years of age with a disability; or
  • The primary carer of an adult member of their household with a disability.

How to become eligible in Carers leave Australia

If you have a family member with a disability, you may be eligible for a carer’s leave. This leave allows you to take time off work to care for them. There are a few things you need to do to become eligible for a carer’s leave. Here is a list of what you need to do: 

  1. You must be employed in Australia. 
  2. You must have worked for your employer for 12 months at a minimum. 
  3. You must be able to prove that you are the primary carer of the person with a disability. 
  4. You must be able to prove that the person you are caring for has a disability that is severe and ongoing. 
  5. You must be able to prove that you have a close personal relationship with the person you are caring for.