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Commonwealth of Australia - The Treasury

Annual Report 2014/15

Carer support

The 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 or differences, socioeconomic status or locality.

The Treasury’s carer support framework includes:

  • a non-discriminatory definition of family in the Treasury Workplace Agreement 2011-14, recognising relatives by blood, marriage, strong traditional or ceremonial affinity and genuine domestic or household relationships;
  • a range of family-friendly working arrangements such as access to information about childcare and school holiday care, access to a carer’s room, access to carer’s leave and accreditation as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace;
  • access to accumulated personal leave to care for sick family and household members, or a person for whom they have caring responsibilities. Staff may also access unpaid carer’s leave to care for or support family or household members, or if an unexpected family or household emergency arises;
  • access to an Employee Assistance Program. The program provides a free, professional and confidential counselling service to assist staff, their immediate family members and people with whom staff have a close relationship. Counselling is provided for work-related and personal problems; and
  • access to onsite childcare facilities. At 30 June 2015 there were 64 children from Treasury families enrolled at the childcare centre.