Carers play an essential role supporting vulnerable members across our community, and often do so while also managing demanding study and/or work responsibilities. The University recognises that this can cause considerable disadvantage to carers in their study and career progression. Western Sydney University also understands that the impact of carer responsibilities has tended to affect women predominantly, creating a major driver of gender inequality. To help build equal opportunity for those with carer responsibilities, the University encourages student and staff carers to request consideration of their carer role and access to support arrangements.
Western Sydney University supports carers as defined within the meaning of the Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 (NSW). The University considers a carer to be an individual who provides ongoing personal care, support and assistance to any other individual who needs it because that other individual:
has a medical condition (including a terminal or chronic illness), or
has a mental illness, or
is frail and aged.
Support available at Western Sydney University
Information on supports available to students can be found on the Western Sydney Students, Services and Facilities, Student Carers web page.
Additionally, connection can be made with the Disability Collective which aims to support people with disability and carers of people with disability in removing barriers and discrimination. A list of student collectives can be found on the students services page - Student Collectives.
The University can support staff who are carers with workplace reasonable adjustments to assist removing barriers in the workplace. For example, workplace adjustments for staff who are carers can include arrangements such as:
Also, carers of family members experiencing domestic or family violence are entitled under the WSU enterprise agreements to request flexible working conditions.
Flexible working arrangements and other reasonable adjustment requests for carers will be considered in conjunction with the inherent requirements of a carer’s work role, the care responsibilities of the staff member, and local operational requirements.
Further University information on workplace supports for carers includes:
The Department of Social Services provides services and supports to carers. For more information about services for carers you can contact Carer Gateway on 1800422 737 or visit the website. Carer Gateway provides a range of information that can help carers in their role, from practical advice and resources, to help finding support services.
National Carer’s week is acknowledged one week in October. Dates can be found on the Carers Australia Website.
Carers NSW can be contacted on 1800 242 636 for emotional support, information and resources.
Employee Assistance Program
EAP is a professional, confidential coaching service for employees and their immediate family members (spouse, partner, parents, parent’s in-law, children, etc), paid for by the University. It is free for you and your family.
EAP is a short-term, solution focused program aimed at assisting with personal or work related issues that may be impacting on quality of life or sense of well-being. It can be accessed 24/7, and includes face-to-face sessions, or telephone assistance.
This service is provided by an independent company called AccessEAP counsellors are all qualified, experienced professionals who have extensive training in coaching, counselling and workplace consulting.
If you are caring for someone who is elderly and requires ongoing supports to live independently at home, the myaged care website may provide advice on services available and an application for supports can be made through the website https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ or by calling 1800 200 422.
If you are caring for someone with a disability, they may be eligible for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For further information on the NDIS and eligibility requirements call 1800 800 110 or check out their web site www.ndis.gov.au