Young carers from across New South Wales recently met with Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, to discuss the development of the Government’s Young Carer Bursary Programme.
Ara Cresswell joined Minister Fifield and Carers NSW CEO Elena Katrakis at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where young carers shared their stories with the Minister and spoke of their experiences in the education system, highlighting areas of concern regarding their ability to access further education.
With young carers often having to juggle study with their caring responsibilities and employment, it is often their education which is affected as they become unable to maintain their studies and complete their education to the level they would like.
The Young Carer Bursary Programme will provide $3 million over three years to fund 150 annual bursaries valued at up to $10,000 to support young carers aged 25 and under continue their education, relieving some of the financial pressures they face.
This financial support will help meet educational and caring expenses and unexpected costs, which can otherwise exclude young carers from further education.
The programme will start in January 2015, and the Government is currently consulting with key stakeholders on its design and implementation.