Young carer payments
If you are aged 25 or under and care for someone, you may be a young carer. Young carers may be able to get:
- carer payments
- other payments available for young carers (listed here)
This is a fortnightly payment to help if you are studying or doing an apprenticeship full-time, or looking for work.
You might be able to get this payment if you are:
- 16 to 21 and looking for full-time work
- 18 to 24 and studying full-time
- 16 or 17, have completed Year 12 or equivalent, or you are undertaking full-time secondary study and need to live away from home in order to study, or are considered independent for the Youth Allowance
- 16 to 24 and doing an apprenticeship full-time
Student Start-up Loan
This is a loan you can get up to twice a year to help you with the costs of study.
You might be able to get this payment if you get Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Austudy or Living Allowance.
Young Carer Bursary Program
This is financial help to reduce your need to have a part-time job if you are studying or training and taking care of someone.
You might be able to get this payment if you are aged 12–25 years or under, in high school, or at university or TAFE.
Visit the Centrelink Payment and Service Finder to see what payments you may be able to get
If you are a young carer, see what support you can get on the Young Carers Network website, or call 1800 756 238
If you have feedback on the site, we'd love to hear from you.