1 in 8 employees also have some kind of caring role. Many carers of working age want to continue in paid employment. They may want to earn extra income, build up superannuation for retirement, or take advantage of the independence, self esteem and important social connections that the workplace provides. Or, they may just have to work for financial reasons.
Your employer may not have all of the necessary information to understand your needs as a carer, or even that you have caring responsibilities. You may need to present a case to them for flexible working arrangements. Remember that your experience and skills are valuable, and that it will cost money to recruit and train somebody to replace you.
Your rights and entitlements are set out across a number of documents. Talk to your HR or personnel department, your union representatives or contact Fair Work Australia to find out what conditions might apply in your workplace.