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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Supporting Carers in the State Service

Page Last Updated: 30 October 2019 JM

In Tasmania, there are over 85,000 carers, which means that around one in six Tasmanians have caring responsibilities. This is the highest ratio of carers to population in the country.

As the largest employer in Tasmania, we know that there are a substantial number of carers employed in the State Service who make a significant contribution to the community through their caring responsibilities. These employees deserve to be supported in order to be able to balance work and care.

The Tasmanian State Service supports workforce diversity and is committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all our employees feel welcomed, safe and supported.

In order to raise awareness about the supports and services available to carers in the State Service, and advise employees and managers on how to navigate access to these services, the State Service Management Office has prepared a Carers Toolkit.

The Toolkit has been prepared in Consultation with the Department of Communities, Carers Tasmania, and Mental Health Carers Tasmania, Council of the Ageing, and the Community and Public Sector Union.

This resource provides information on 'who are carers' and the supports available to carers both within the TSS and externally.

Click for Carers Toolkit

Additional information is also provided in stand-alone documents specifically for:

Click a link below to download each resource as a PDF document:

Click for information for employees with caring responsibilities Click for information for managers and team leaders Click for information for work colleagues

The Carers Toolkit consolidates and provides guidance on existing resources. It should be read alongside your Agencies policies and other instruments such as Awards and Agreements.

Each agency has a Human Resources team that can provide guidance about entitlements to carers and to carers’ managers or team leaders. They can provide advice on relevant Awards and Agreements, and about any other support available through the agency. They can also assist employees with advice on how to have conversations about their caring role with their manager or team leader.

Human Resources Managers should direct any questions about the Carers Toolkit to the State Service Management Office at or phone (03) 6232 7040.