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Carer Career Guidance Project

The Carer Career Guidance Project is led by Carers NSW and delivered in partnership with TAFE NSW, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources from June 2022 to April 2023.

The grant is part of the Department’s National Careers Institute Partnership Grants, Round 3 – Career Opportunities and Pathways for Women. This funding stream intends to support women of working age living in New South Wales to access career pathways and information through new cross-sector partnerships.

Who is the project for?

The Carer Career Guidance Project provides short-term information and support to women of working age whose careers are impacted, or may be impacted, by caring for a partner, parent, child or other relative who lives with a disability, mental illness or health condition.

It focuses on young women aged 16-18 years as they transition into the workforce, and women in the mid-to-late stage of their career who are seeking to transition back into, or increase their engagement with, the workforce following a change in their caring role.

What does it offer?

The project provides individual, group based and audio-visual career guidance to women carers and supports the career guidance sector in providing women carers with more tailored assistance.

For women carers

Between 200 and 250 women carers living in New South Wales (NSW) will be able to access short-term, strengths-based information, advice, referrals and planning support relating to their career background and goals. This support will be provided over the phone, via email or via video call, depending on each carer’s goals and the level of support required.

Opportunities to pursue subsidised training through TAFE NSW will also be available to carers for whom this would support their career development and job readiness.

In some areas of NSW, up to 100 women carers will also have the opportunity to attend a local, in-person Carer Career Guidance Forum with other women in a similar life stage.

Beyond the project, the information and advice provided to women carers will be captured in self-paced audio-visual resources that can be accessed by carers across NSW.

For the career guidance sector

Based on learnings from the project, a tailored carer awareness training module will be developed for free delivery in person or online to career advisors, training organisations and employment support providers. The training will address the unique challenges and opportunities experienced by women carers seeking to upskill, retrain or transition into – or back into – the workforce.

Find out more

For more information or to express your interest, please contact Arpita Swami at arpitas@carersnsw.org.au or phone Carers NSW.