Who Are Young Carers?

Young carers, as defined by the Australian Government, are children and young people up to 25 years of age who help provide care in their family to someone who has an illness, disability, mental health issue or an alcohol or other drug problem.

The person they help care for might be a parent, sibling, grandparent or other relative, or maybe even a friend. A young carer might help out with cleaning or cooking, medications, therapy, medical and other appointments. They may help with keeping the person safe or watching out to make sure that they're feeling OK. At the same time, a young carer may also be caring for their own child or children.

Across Australia, over 390,000 children and young people help care for their relatives.

What is it like to be a young carer?

Many young carers tell us that caring can be a great thing to do - that they're proud of who they are, what they do and that they've built up a whole swag of useful skills. Sometimes though young carers say that caring can affect how they feel, how much time they get to spend with friends, doing schoolwork or holding down a job, and that often they need some help.

What help is available?

Support is available through Carers WA who run a program just for young carers.

How can Carers WA help?
  • Put carers in contact with other young carers who share similar experiences.
  • Connect carers to organisations in their community who can provide support.
  • Work in partnership with relevant agencies, services and schools to better meet the needs of young carers.
  • Listen to what young carers have to say.
  • Give young carers the opportunity to have a break through social outings and camps.

For more information about what services are available to support young carers, contact Carers WA on 1300 CARERS (1300 227 377) or visit www.youngcarerswa.asn.au.

CARERS WA is a non-profit, community based organisation and charity dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 310,000 family carers living in Western Australia. Part of the National Network of Carers Associations, we are the peak body recognised by both State and Federal governments, as the voice of family carers. Carers WA  represents carers' interests in the Western Australian community.

Our role is to work in active partnership with carers, persons with care and support needs, health professionals, service providers, government and the wider community to achieve an improved quality of life for carers. Visit www.carerswa.asn.au.


Further information and support for young carers and their families may be available and the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres can provide this information

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CRCC) are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. The CRCC provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.

For more information about how CRCC may be able to assist you, freecallâ„¢ 1800 052 222*. (* Calls from mobile phone are charged at applicable rates).