Announcement - Young Carers Bursary

Dear young carers,


We are currently processing a high volume of applications for the Young Carer Bursary program.


We are working as fast as we can to process your application.


To ensure speedy processing, could you check that all requested documents are attached to your application.


We appreciate your patience during this time.


Good luck with your studies in 2024.


Young Carer Bursary Team

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Extra funding

The Australian Government has announced additional funding for the Young Carer Bursary Program.


The value of the bursary will increase from $3,000 to $3,768, including for those who are already receiving the bursary in 2023. Carers Australia will contact all the young carers who have a 2023 bursary about how and when they will receive the additional funds.


There will also be more bursaries awarded, increasing from 1000 to 1592 each year. Some of the applicants for the 2023 bursary who missed out due to the limit on the number of bursaries may now qualify. Carers Australia will contact those on our waiting list about the next steps in the coming weeks.


Applications for the 2024 Young Carer Bursary round will open on 18 July and close on 12 September 2023.

Engage, connect, share

Welcome to the Young Carers Network (YCN), a Carers Australia initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).
The YCN is a nationally coordinated resource to raise young carer awareness. It also provides information, and direct young carers to appropriate pathways for support.
We work to enable young carers to engage with each other through a range of opportunities to share and connect.
We hear, we're here.

Carer Gateway

Carer Gateway aims to make your life easier.

By calling Carer Gateway, you will be connected with a new Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers. They will talk through what you need and help you to find local services and support to help you.

From 1 July 2020, Carer Gateway service providers also have a dedicated young carer support worker to assist you in finding the right supports.

Young Carers Connect

Young Carers Connect (YCC) is a safe online space for young carers aged 12-25 years. This will enable engagement with each other and find support.

Join us for a series of fortnightly YCC sessions. These are facilitated by for the Young Carers Team at Carers Australia by Relationships Australia.

The sessions have been broken into age groups.  Please see the events page for further details.

Young Carers Connect is all about having a laugh, playing games and meeting other young people who care for others.

Carers National News

Carers National News (CNN) is a free weekly newsletter. It is available when you subscribe to our electronic mail-out service. CNN provides updates, insights and editorial from Carers Australia. It includes news on upcoming events, carer-related topics and issues, and relevant developments in related sectors and Federal politics.

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Hi, I am Lucinda. I live in country South Australia. I am 16 and care for my sister who has multiple disabilities, including autism and an intellectual disability.

We are home schooled, and I love it. I do however have to spend 24/7 with my sister which can be challenging but also rewarding. I help as much as I can with the household chores. This includes cooking and help mum with my sister’s learning. She engages better when I am helping her. Mum and I come up with some creative ways to teach her.

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