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At Home

The young carer team can assist you to find services that will help you as a young carer. Support at home might include things like practical assistance in your home or a break from your caring role. Call us on 1800 242 636 or email [email protected] and we are happy to look into options for you!

Respite (Getting a break)

Are you tired? Do you need a break? ‘Respite’ is another word for taking a break from your caring role. Everyone needs a break and respite is very important to ensure that you are looking after your own wellbeing. Respite for you may mean hanging out with other young carers at a support group or attending a camp or fun day. You can check out the events section for info about upcoming and ongoing activities for young carers.

Sometimes there might be a lot going on at home and it might be difficult for you to stop and take a break. You might need a little bit of extra help. When carers are struggling to take a break from caring, the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) in your area may be able to help out. The CRCC can let you know what support you can get to help you to take a break and may be able to arrange some respite assistance. Examples of respite assistance may include in-home help to look after your loved one; support workers to assist your family when you are taking a break away from home and residential respite care (when your loved one stays somewhere else for a short time). You can contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 to find out what options you have. You can also call the young carer team on 1800 242 636 to chat about what is available in your area.

Financial Assistance

Depending on your individual situation, you or a family member may be able to access financial assistance from Centrelink. Each payment has particular eligibility criteria so while it’s worth looking into these options, some young carers may not receive any financial support from Centrelink. See below for a brief overview of the payments available to carers and young people. For more info, check out the Department of Human Services website.

  • Carer Allowance: Financial help for people who provide daily care (at least 20 hours per week) for a person with a disability or chronic illness, mental illness, or who is frail aged. The person you care for must meet certain eligibility criteria for you to receive Carer Allowance. Even if you work or study you might be eligible. Click here for more info…
  • Carer Payment: Financial help for people who are unable to work because of the demands of a caring role. To be eligible for the Carer Payment, you need to provide constant daily care for a person with a disability or chronic illness, mental illness, or who is frail aged. Carers can work, train or study for up to 25 hours per week and still receive payment. Any income you earn may affect the amount of money paid. Click here for more info…
  • Youth Allowance: Financial help for eligible young people, aged 16 to 24 years, who are studying full-time, undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship, training, looking for work or sick. Click here for more info…
  • Newstart Allowance: Financial help for eligible people, over 22 years of age, who are unemployed and looking for suitable paid work. Click here for more info…
  • ABSTUDY: Helps with costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship. Click here for more info…
  • Disability Support Pension: A payment for people 16 years and over who have a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that stops them from working. The person you are caring for might be eligible for this payment. Click here for more info…

You can contact Centrelink directly to discuss your individual situation on 13 27 17. You can also call the Carer Line on 1800 242 636 to chat about your eligibility or for help with making an application.