Carers’ Mentoring and Employment Support Program

Who is a carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member and/or a friend with a disability, mental illness or chronic health issue, or to an older person with care needs.

Unpaid carers are different to people who are employed in caring roles, for example qualified individual support workers who provide care to paying clients.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible if you receive:

  • Carer Payment or Carer Allowance
  • No payment for your caring duties
  • If you are already doing paid work but want to change career
  • If you are an unpaid carer full time or part time

You are welcome to contact the program coordinator to discuss your situation and check your eligibility.

What does the Carers’ Mentoring and Employment Support Program do?

The program supports carers, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to gain access to information and support in relation to volunteering, training and employment.

Carers are supported to explore their interests, goals and needs around employment and vocational training. Carers are supported to identify possible options and assistance that may help them take next steps at a pace led by the carer.

Tailored support can include:

  • system navigation
  • mentoring to build confidence
  • volunteering
  • creating pathways to employment
  • support to maintain employment when a job is found

Carers’ Mentoring and Employment Support Program has strong links to other Whittlesea Community Connections programs including:

Carers will be assisted to access training to build job ready skills including support with resumes, job search and interview skills.

Contact us

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An image of the Carers Employment Support flyer. Links to PDF.