Support for young carers

Young carers are children and young people up to 25 years of age who help care for someone who is:

  • unwell with physical and/or mental illness
  • living with disability
  • frail aged
  • living with an alcohol or drug problems.

What do young carers do?

Young carers often help family or friends with:

  • cleaning
  • cooking
  • getting a relative around the house
  • taking a relative to medical appointments
  • giving medicines
  • washing and dressing
  • just making sure the relative is safe and feeling okay.
  • caring for younger siblings.

Sometimes caring for someone might affect a young person’s wellbeing, especially if they don’t have any support.

Young carers might not know that they can get help and support from government and non-government agencies. It’s important they know there's help available if they need it.

Further information

Carers SA

National Carer Gateway

National Young Carers

SA Government Carer information

NDIS information for carers

Young Carer Bursary program (Grants available from late July to early September each year)

Page last updated 26 May 2023