What is the Young Carers Network?

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.

What can I do on the Young Carers Network?

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Who are young carers?

Young carers are people up to 25 years old who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, a physical or mental illness, a substance dependency, or who is aged.

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What do young carers do?

Young carers help with many tasks like:

  • household chores
  • paying bills
  • personal care
  • giving medication, an
  • emotional support
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Who do young carers support?

Young carers may provide support and unpaid care to their:

  • mother,
  • father,
  • brother,
  • sister,
  • cousin,
  • grandparent,
  • friend,
  • partner, or
  • child.

Young carers may look after them every day or from time to time.


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How many young carers are in Australia?

There are 235,500 young carers in Australia.

Am I a young carer?

Watch the Carers Gateway’s video to learn more.

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Thinking about going back to school?

The Young Carer Bursary Program can assist you with your educational expenses.