Carers - Respite and Information Services for Younger Carers 

What's New?

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.
Content Updated: 1 June 2012