Combining paid work and eldercare: a review of findings from the 2018 Carers NSW survey

Stream: Experiences and wellbeing of unpaid carers
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 10.55 am – 12.35 pm


Increasingly, employees are likely to combine work with responsibilities for providing unpaid care to elderly family members and friends. However, despite the attention given to population ageing concerns in general, relatively limited consideration has been directed towards the experience of unpaid eldercare for individuals that are employed.

This submission focuses on the experience of these employees by reviewing the findings of a recent large scale data collection effort – The 2018 Carers New South Wales (NSW) survey. The Carers NSW Carer Survey is administered on a biennial basis. It collects information about carers in NSW and is designed to provide an evidence base to inform research, support, and advocacy for carers in the State. The current submission draws upon a mixed methods analysis of these data to provide an exploration of key issues and relationships arising from the survey collection. The 2018 findings are discussed in connection to the existing literature; addressing an important gap at the intersection of work, ageing, and family studies. These study findings provide the foundation for a discussion of five promising directions for future research inquiry. Limitations of study are outlined along with practical implications directly related to the study results.


Hugh Bainbridge (Presenter), UNSW Sydney
Hugh T.J. Bainbridge is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, UNSW. His research focuses on workforce diversity with a specialisation on employees who, in addition to their job, provide informal unpaid care to family with disabilities or who are elderly. The current emphasis of his work is on eldercare, the work-care interface, and how line managers and HR specialists can improve the experience of employees with care responsibilities and the people they care for. His research is published in policy journals such as Social Policy & Administration, Labour & Industry, and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Sarah Judd-Lam, Carers NSW
Sarah Judd-Lam is Manager, Policy and Research at Carers NSW and has been in the Carers NSW policy team for six years, where her focus has been the rollout of the NDIS in NSW. Sarah has a background in social policy analysis and social research and completed a Masters by Research at UNSW in 2014.