The Government will provide young carers at risk of prematurely leaving school or vocational equivalent education, with additional respite, support and information resources.
Young carers will be assisted through:
- access to up to five hours in-home respite per week during the school term to help them complete secondary or vocational equivalent education. Unused hours of respite may be stored for later use (up to a maximum of 20 hours);
- access to one fortnight of respite care each year to undertake activities such as study for exams, training or recreation. The respite care blocks can be used flexibly in a single two week block or in single 24 hour periods to support young carers through stressful periods associated with full time care and study; and
- provision of age-appropriate information, advice and referral services including a telephone hotline, on line advice and an information package.
Carers Australia conducted a Young Carers Research Project during 2001 that was funded by FaCS. The assistance helps young carers aged under 25 years who experience marginalisation and risk due to their caring role.
1 January 2005.
Total Government Funding
$26.6 million over four years.