Your local MDA Fieldworker is familar with these services and
can help you with accessing these and are available through your
This is extracted from the Carers Guide provided by the Ministry
of Social Development. There is more detail about what each of
these options entail in the guide. Click here to be taken to the guide page.
Your rights at work
What can you expect from your employer?
Negotiating employment agreements
The Employment Relations (Flexible Working Arrangements)
Amendment Act 2007 gives carers the right to ask for changes to
their working arrangements. Working arrangements cover hours of
work, days of work and/or place of work. Flexibility in the
arrangements could include part-time work, compressed hours, shift
work, working from home, more time off in school holidays and
adjusted starting and finishing times for the work day.
Make a time to talk to your employer to work through your
request for flexible work and any questions or concerns your
employer may have. You need to make your request in writing.
Employers are required to consider and respond to requests within 3
months. They can say no to your request, but only on the grounds
provided by the Act. Learn more at the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment's website: www.dol.govt.nz and search for
You need to have been with the employer for at least 6 months
before making the request. You can only make one formal request in
any 12-month period, but you can talk to your employer informally
at any time about varying your working arrangements.
Help with balancing work and study with a carers role
Careers New Zealand
Careers New Zealand is a government organisation that helps people
match their talents and aspirations with the needs of employers and
the economy. Free information and interactive tools are available
online at www.careers.govt.nz or by
talking in confidence to a careers advisor - call 0800 222
Work and Income
Work and Income can help you plan for or move into paid work or
StudyLink is a service of the Ministry of Social Development.
StudyLink seeks to ensure that students get the finance and support
they are entitled to so they can complete their study. Visit www.studylink.govt.nz for
information about StudyLink help. You can also apply online for a
Student Allowance, Student Loan or course-related costs.