Department of Human Services

Young Carers

Who are young carers?

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

  • an illness
  • disability
  • mental health issue
  • an alcohol or drug problem, or
  • is frail/aged.

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.

They may also provide care to younger siblings when a parent is unable to.

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

Page last updated : 07 Oct 2020

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