Young Carers Respite and Information Services
About the activity
The Young Carers Respite and Information Services (Young Carers) activity assists students with a significant caring role who need support to complete their secondary education or the vocational equivalent due to the demands of their caring role.
The Young Carers activity is a targeted measure and seeks to supplement existing programmes and services, not replace them.
The activity has two components:
- Respite and education support services – assists students up to and including 18 years of age with a significant caring role to access respite and age appropriate educational support. These services are delivered by the national network of 54 Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CRCCs).
- Information, referral and advice services – supports students with a significant caring role up to and including 25 years of age with information, advice and referral services, including referral to counselling. These services are delivered by Carers Australia and the network of state and territory Carers Associations.
Intersection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Direct respite services provided under the Young Carers activity will transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as the scheme rolls out. Direct respite services for young carers in NDIS launch sites must be accessed by their care recipients through the NDIS. For more information visit the NDIS website.
Fact Sheet for Providers
- Young Carers Operational Guidelines for the Information, advice and referral component.
- Young Carers operational guidelines for the Education Support component.
Further information about respite services is available from CRCCs on 1800 052 222.
For information, referral and advice services, phone Carers Australia on 1800 242 636 or visit the Young Carers website.