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Policy Recommendations and Submissions 

Caring Fairly contributes to key areas of policy debate that affect carers.

In seeking greater recognition, rights and reform for carers, we have advocated for:

  • Improving workforce participation for carers, including through a national framework for carer inclusive workplaces.
  • A recognition and focus on the gendered nature of unpaid carer and targeted policies to improve the economic security of women who provide care. 
  • Recognising the unique needs of young carers and specific interventions to improve their educational engagement and employment. 
  • Providing improved financial support to carers, including through changes to income support arrangements for carers and superannuation disadvantaged faced by carers. 

Caring Fairly was built on a policy platform which served as the foundation for the Campaign You can find this policy platform here.

In response to changing social and political contexts Caring Fairly are currently undertaking a refresh of our strategic focus areas and will update our policy platform in response.

As part of our formal advocacy, Caring Fairly also develops formal submissions in response to significant inquiries.

In April 2020 Caring Fairly made a submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Mental Health. You can read the submission here: PDF 

Following the release of the Commission's draft report Caring Fairly developed a follow up submission to respond to the draft recommendations and ensure the final report, due to be released in late 2020, includes a sufficient focus on carers and their economic participation. Read the submission here: PDF