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Supporting carers to succeed in Australian higher education

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Australians who care for people with a disability, illness, or a broader need often embody many of the qualities sought by universities. In providing unpaid labour to support family members and friends, carers typically demonstrate resilience, selflessness, and a commitment to societal health, wellbeing, and cohesion. Provision of this critical support is often required while simultaneously managing high demands on time and limited financial resources (ABS 2018a, 2018b). Young carers in particular have been identified as holding relatively low levels of education (Department of Social Services [DSS], 2019). The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges for carers. Collectively, evidence suggests both a need and an opportunity for universities to develop specific policies to attract and support those who care for others.

Funding

The authors acknowledge the funding of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University

History

Publication Date

01/03/2021

Commissioning Body

National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

Type of report

Other research report

Publisher

Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, La Trobe University

Place of publication

Melbourne, Australia

Pagination

35p. (p. 1-35)

Rights Statement

© CHEEDR, La Trobe University 2021 This report may be downloaded for personal use only. Permission to reproduce this report must be sought from La Trobe University.

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