Young Carers

It is estimated that there are 96,500 young carers living in NSW. The Carers NSW Young Carer Program was developed to make a positive difference in the lives of young carers and their families.

Young carers are children or young people, 25 years or under, who help care for someone in their family who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.

Young carers are a hidden carer group, often not acknowledged for their caring contribution. It is estimated that 96,500 young people, aged 25 or under, living in NSW are carers [i]

While caring can result in positive outcomes for young people, for example gaining important skills and developing close family bonds; research shows that young carers face a range of challenges and difficulties associated with their caring role.

Young carers are less likely than their non-carer counterparts to complete their education and participate in employment; young carers often have a lack of time to participate in social and recreational activities, and many experience both physical and mental health problems as a result of caring [ii].  

The Carers NSW Young Carer Program was developed to make a positive difference in the lives of young carers and their families through a range of initiatives aimed at reducing these challenges and increasing opportunities for positive outcomes.  

The Young Carer Program supports and connects young carers through: 

  • an interactive Young Carer website 
  • Carers NSW Young Carer Leadership Program 
  • counselling
  • emotional support
  • information and referrals
  • newsletters
  • young carer awareness workshops 
  • young carer opportunities and events

For more information, or to join the young carer community, visit the young carer website or Facebook page or call the Carer Line on 1800 242 636 (freecall from landlines, mobile rates apply).

The Young Carer Program is funded by Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care and the Australian Government Department of Social Services. 

[i] ABS (2015) Disability, Ageing and Carers, Summary of Findings, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Government, Canberra

[ii} Cass, B, Brennan, D, Thomson, C, Hill, T, Purcal, C, Hamilton, M, and Adamson, E (2011) Young carers: Social policy impacts of the caring responsibilities of children and young adults, Report prepared for ARC Linkage Partners, October 2011. 

Young Carer Bursary Programme

The Young Carer Bursary Programme aims to assist young carers in greatest need, to continue to study and to relieve the financial pressure on them to undertake part-time work whilst also studying and providing care.

Applications for the 2018 Young Carer Bursary Program open on 27 July 2017 and remain open until 7 September 2017.

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Phone:1800 756 238

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