Young Carers Respite and Information Services Program

The Young Carers Respite and Information Services Program assists young carers who need support to complete their secondary education or vocational equivalent due to the demands of their caring role.

About this program

The Young Carers Respite and Information Services Program:

  • assists young carers who need support to complete their secondary education or vocational equivalent due to the demands of their caring role.

The program has two components:

  • respite services: enables school aged young carers to access respite and age appropriate support, including educational, social and recreational activities, for example time off to study for exams, tutoring, skills development or activities during the school holidays.
  • information services: young carers up to and including 25 years can access information, advice and referral services, including referral to counselling, to support them in managing the challenges they face as part of their caring role.

Funding for the program in 2013-14 is $8.2 million.

More information

Further information about respite services is available from the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.

For information, referral and advice services, phone Carers Australia on 1800 242 636 or visit the Young Carers website

A Young Carers Information sheet is also available:

This has been translated into the following community languages:

Content Updated: 16 July 2013