Australia: Care Policy Evaluation 2020

Australia is a high income country situated in Oceania, and boasts an exemplary score of 0.938 on the Human Development Index (HDI). Notably, our research found that Australian law provided significant protections and benefits for domestic caregivers. Australia provides families with a wide variety of social security benefits to help cover the costs caring for children and family members with disabilities in the long-term. However, while not explicitly excluding domestic workers, Australian labor law shows limited recognition of care-workers, thus leaving many of these workers vulnerable to exploitation.

Therefore, Australia’s policy regime for caregivers and care-workers earned an overall score of 6.72/10 (Maturing) under the Global Care Policy Index (GCPI). The final country report and technical report on Australia can be accessed here.