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Support for young carers

Taking on a caring role at a young age can have a dramatic impact on a young person—as well as the person who accepts their care and others involved in their lives.

Where to get help

If you are a young carer who needs emergency help call Triple Zero (000).

Carers Utopia

Supports young carers through:

  • providing confidential telephone counselling
  • small group and face-to-face counselling
  • giving information about available services and providing guided referrals
  • hosting focused workshops and the occasional special event
  • posting you a Young Carers Kit
  • talking to your school/uni/TAFE about the best ways they can support you
  • free membership for under 18s to the CARE Program with discounts and other products and services.

Phone 1800 242 636 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
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Kids Helpline

Phone 1800 551 800
Online counselling
Email a counsellor

Personal stories

Read personal stories from young carers about their experiences with giving and receiving care:

  • Lachlan St.Godard and his mum Margie talk about their close bond and overcoming challenges together
  • Jan Christison discusses the support she receives from her family and living with mental illness
  • Taylor Moon talks about caring for her mum, raising her brother and working towards her goals
  • Belinda Jennings talks about her friendship with her younger sister, Emma, who has autism
  • Shelley Heaton shares how having a disability doesn't hold her back, and supporting her daughter, Shona.

Find out more

  • Find out about support available for carers, such as support groups and community and home care services
  • You might also get help through concessions, specialist disability services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme for:
    • home and vehicle modifications
    • guide, hearing and assistance dogs
    • aids, equipment and assistance technology.
  • If you are a young carer, the information on the Young Carers website will give you tips on how to look after yourself and the person you are caring for.

Young Carers Project

Young Carers Project (YCP) provides practical support for young people who are the main carer for a relative or friend with an ongoing health issue, disability, mental illness or alcohol or drug issue.

Call your nearest Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 200 422 for contact details for a YCP project worker in your area.

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Last updated:
3 March 2016

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