Young Carer Bursary Program

Institution: Carers Australia and the National Carer Network

Record number of grants to support young carers during COVID-19

Applications for the 2022 Young Carer Bursary Program open 16 August – 30 September 2021. Young carers in secondary through to tertiary education (first undergraduate degree only) are eligible to apply.

Carers Australia has announced another record year of grants to help young carers with their educational expenses. This announcement comes as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to impact the health and wellbeing of young carers as well as increasing the level of care they need to provide.

The 2022 Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers by providing financial assistance to return to, or continue with, their education whilst managing their caring responsibilities.

Funded by the Australian Government, the Young Carer Bursary will offer 1,000 grants nationwide, with each grant providing a young carer with $3,000.

It is estimated that around 235,000 young Australians aged 12 to 25 fulfil a caring role for family or friends. These young carers often juggle school, employment and their caring responsibilities which can range from household chores, cooking, assisting with medication, looking after younger siblings and providing emotional and advocacy support to the person they care for.

Carers Australia CEO, Liz Callaghan, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more people than ever fulfilling a caring role. This is particularly impacting young carers as they’ve been required to isolate at home with the person they care for, and deal with disrupted schooling.”

“This is concerning as research shows that young carers are already more susceptible to social isolation, financial and educational disadvantage, unemployment and poorly physical and mental health. These grants are available to acknowledge and support young carers and ensure they do not forgo their future career opportunities.”

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