Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 3: Balancing work and caring responsibilities

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Work-family balance is an important issue facing Australian families today. As research on voluntary and caring work shows, unpaid family and community duties are as central to many people’s daily lives and identities as paid employment.

New indicators have been added to this topic since last year’s Report. These include the extent to which people use work arrangements and different types of childcare to balance caring and paid employment responsibilities successfully (Indicators 3.1 and 3.2). In the discussion on Indicator 3.1 we also provide data on NSW parents using the new parental leave payments available through Centrelink from 2011.

The amount of unpaid household and family work people undertake and the extent to which women and men feel rushed make up Indicators 3.3 and 3.4, also included in this topic.