Information for Young Carers
Young carers are children or young people up to 25 years of age, who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.
You may help out with cleaning or cooking, medicines, getting a relative or a friend about the house, keeping them safe, showering or dressing them or just watching out to make sure they are okay.
As a young carer, there are programmes available to support you with education or vocational training. This may also include respite services, referrals and information on resources such as counselling. Check out the young carer website below for more information. Please also follow the link to the Young Carer Bursary Programme, for additional financial support offered through a grants round application process.
Where relevant, you may wish to ask permission of the person you care for to attend the NDIS planning meeting with them. You also may wish to submit a Carers Statement to the NDIS at this time, to outline how your caring role impacts on your personal goals. The NDIS can then see a broader perspective of the family’s wellbeing when considering necessary supports.
Pre-planning tools are available to help you support the person you care for get ready for their NDIA planning meeting.
These tools include:
Direct respite services for young carers in NDIS launch sites must be accessed by their care recipients through the NDIS.For more information, please follow the link below on Young Carers Respite and Information Services or call the NDIS 1800 800 110