There are approximately 420,000 Young Carers in Australia, this is equal to 1 in 10 young people under the age of 26.
Many young people who have grown up caring for a family member with a health concern do not, however, identify themselves as Young Carers. For many, this caring role is just what they do, it’s just how their family works, they don’t know any different.
Recognising yourself as a Young Carer means that you are able to access necessary supports. As a Young Carer you are eligible for a number of support services to help with personal finances, education, mental health and social connectedness.
It is our responsibility to help the Government gain a better grasp of the actual number of Young Carers in Australia so that they can better fund Young Carer supports.
By Ticking The Box on the Census on August 9th we can show the Government how many Young Carers there really are in Australia and help them to better allocate funding and support services.