Young carers are people under the age of 25 who care for someone with an illness, disability, mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.
272,000 of Australia's carers are young carers, around 1-in-10*. The person they care for may be a parent, partner, sibling, their own child, relative or friend.
Many young carers emphasise that caring is a positive experience. However, research clearly indicates that, when inadequately supported, their own health, mental health and wellbeing can be seriously affected.
Click here for an extensive list of both national and international supports available for young carers.
For information on young carers, please visit the Young Carers Network - a website for young carers to share their stories and opinions, attend live webinars and learn new skills.
Are you a young carer who needs to talk? Call 1800 242 636.
*ABS 2015, SDAC report