Report highlights the need to address multiple disadvantages and challenges faced by young carers

A Federal Government commissioned report by Rob Bray of the Australian National University’s Social Policy, Evaluation, Analysis and Research Centre provides multi-faceted and sometimes disturbing insights into the characteristics, experience and post-care outcomes for young carers receiving Carer Payments and Carer Allowances.

Young carers are children and young people up to the age of 25 who care for a relative, partner or friend who is frail aged or who has an illness, disability, mental health or alcohol or other drug issue. In Australia approximately 340,000 children and young people have caring responsibilities. Of these 20,363 receive financial assistance in the form of Carer Payments and Carer Allowances during the period covered by the survey.

“This report reminds us that many children and young people with caring responsibilities are living with great socioeconomic disadvantage” said Dr Tim Moore, President of Carers Australia. Click here to read the Carers Australia media release. Click here to download the full report.

Article Posted:

Tuesday, 09 April 2013