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. Phone 1800 960 990

Am I A Young Carer?

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,.

School Age Carers

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. Phone them on 1800 960 990


How can we help

  • 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

Young Carer Bursary Program

The Young Carer Bursary Program is a $3,000 scholarship offered to 333 young carers engaging in education. The bursary aims to help relieve financial pressure for young carers while they combine studying and their caring responsibilities.

Applications open in late July, early August each year and are accepted for up to six weeks from the opening date.

SHAW Work and Care Scholarship

With thanks to the Shaw Building Group, Carers ACT, has a unique opportunity to support carers in pursuing and developing their education and training qualifications.  The scholarship is open to carers of any age.

Wanting to finish year 12 or develop your education and training qualifications? Apply now for a Shaw Work and Care Scholarship.

Young Carers Toolkit

Download this set of great fact sheets, full of tips and advice to help you make sense of your role as a young carer. 

National Young Carers

Don't forget to connect with the National Young Carers website that has great resources for educators, medical professionals as well as young carers.

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