WOMEN - WORK AND EDUCATION

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alancing work and family commitments has become more stressful for parents and carers in recent years, with the stress being felt more by women, new research has found.

The 2024 National Working Families survey, commissioned by Parents at Work and UNICEF Australia, found in the last five years there has been a serious increase in stress for parents and carers in balancing their career and their caring responsibilities outside of work. 

This increase is largely felt by women, who make up over 70 per cent of carers in Australia, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
Balancing work and family has left women feeling more stressed than five years ago: Research
alancing work and family commitments has become more stressful for parents and carers in recent years, with the stress being felt more by women, new research has found. The 2024 National Working Families survey, commissioned by Parents at Work and UNICEF Australia, found in the last five years there has been a serious increase in stress for parents and carers in balancing their career and their caring responsibilities outside of work. This increase is largely felt by women, who make up over 70 per cent of carers in Australia, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
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