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.
The Australian Government will provide almost $24 million over three years, to 2013, to continue providing services to help young carers.
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