Young carers

Young Carers are people up to the age of 25 who provide unpaid care to a family member or friend that lives with disability, a substance dependency, a physical or mental illness or a person who is frail with age. 

Many young carers perform tasks not normally undertaken by others in their age group.

Are you a young carer?

If you find yourself providing any of the following unpaid tasks for a family member or friend, the answer might be yes. Your responsibilities might include shopping, cooking meals, looking after younger siblings, doing housework, helping with mobility, providing emotional supports, taking care of medications, managing family finances, helping communicate and personal care. 

How can Carers ACT support you?

Being a young carer can be a rewarding experience but it can also be incredibly difficult at times, trying to balance study, friends and caring.  

It’s important to remember that no one has to care alone. We offer a range of services to help lighten the load and support you in your caring journey, including: 

  • giving you information and advice 
  • offering scholarships and assistance with education costs 
  • referring you to counselling and/or support groups 
  • arranging short-term replacement care so you can have a break, and 
  • organising groups and activities with other young carers. 

If you are balancing your caring role and managing your school life, we can help by: 

  • organising tuition to help with school work 
  • working with teachers to help students balance their caring role and schoolwork 
  • talking to your school about young carers, and 
  • helping your school form a young carers group. 

Follow Anna’s journey

Anna was supported by a Young Carer worker to develop a care plan to ensure that she received the supports needed to look after her dad, succeed at school and spend time with her friends.