Engage, connect, share

Welcome to the Young Carers Network (YCN), a Carers Australia initiative.
The YCN is a nationally coordinated resource to raise young carer awareness, provide 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.

Young Carer Bursary Update

Young Carer Bursary applications for 2023 open at 9am Tuesday 19th July.


The Mid-Year Survey is now overdue and available in the portal to be completed.  Payment two will be processed within 14 days of completing the survey.


To contact our team please use the connect tab on the website or contact us tab in the portal.

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 to engage with each other and find support.

Join us for a series of fortnightly YCC sessions 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, available when you subscribe to our electronic mail-out service. CNN provides updates, insights and editorial from Carers Australia, news on upcoming events, carer-related topics and issues, and relevant developments in related sectors and Federal politics.

Say hello to Lucinda

Love my therapy ponies

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 house hold chores, including cooking and help mum with my sister’s learning. She engages better when I am helping her with learning and mum and I come up with some creative ways to teach her..

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