Young Carers Program

At Carers ACT, we know that being a young carer can be difficult. It is important to know that no carer, regardless of age, has to go it alone. We have people who can help.

You may frequently miss school or lack time to finish homework. You may feel distracted or unconnected with your teachers and other students. You might even be considering leaving school because you find it hard to cope.

The Young Carer team can help if you are at risk of leaving school or a vocational training program early because of your caring responsibilities.

Some of the ways we can help include:

  • organising short-term respite to take a break and have some fun
  • coordinating in-home support
  • providing assistance with education costs and extracurricular activity fees
  • supplying information, advice and referral services
  • giving practical support to help maintain school attendance and grades
  • referral to counselling, support groups and activities

Be sure to check the events calendar for the next young carers support group in your area.


Young carers are children and young people up to 25 years old who provide care for a parent, a sibling or extended family member.

To access services, young carers do not need to be the primary carer. Assessment of each individual situation helps determine the impact of the caring role on the young carer and their need for support, so call the Carer Advisory Line 1800 052 222 (free from local phones, mobile phone charges) to see how we can help.

Areas of support

Call Carers ACT to find out more about this program and how else we can help you.

The Young Carers Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and supported by the Australian  Government. 

Young Carer Bursary Program

The young carer bursary programme will assist young carers in greatest need, to continue to study and to relieve the financial pressure for them to undertake part-time work while studying and caring.

Young carers aged 12 – 25 can now apply for financial support to help them with their education or training.

Queries or requests for further information can be made by dialling 1800 756 238 or emailing

The deadline for applications is Sunday 9 November.

Young carers help care in families where someone has an illness, disability, a mental health issue, an alcohol or other drug problem or who are frail aged.