Carers Australia has defined a Young Carer as someone who is under the age of 25 who has been put into the position of caring for a parent or sibling with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or drug/alcohol addiction.
Young Carers might help out around the house with cooking, cleaning, shopping, personal care tasks for a parent or sibling, helping with medications, managing the family finances, paying the bills, helping take care of other people in the family, emotional support and just making sure that everyone is ok.
Sometimes it can be hard to be a Young Carer
A lot of Young Carers are very proud of their caring role however sometimes it can effect when they get to hang out with friends, their school work, having jobs and how they feel. Sometimes Young Carers need help for themselves to manage being a young person and their caring role.
1 in 10 young people under 25 are Young Carers in Australia
There are 490,000 Young Carers in Australia. Carers Australia has estimated that there are 2-3 Young Carers in every classroom across Australia.
- 50% of Young Carers live in circumstances of disadvantage – living close to or below the poverty line
- 40% of Young Carers don’t finish High School
- 60% of Young Carers are Unemployed
- 2 out of 3 Young Carers have a Mental Illness
In early 2016, Young Carers were named as one of the four most marginalised groups in Australia (www.austrianchildwellbeing.com.au)