Education Bursaries Open to Young Carers
2 August 2016 at 10:19 am
Young carers between the ages of 12 and 25 are eligible to apply for national education and training bursaries under the Young Carer Bursary Programme.
Carers Australia CEO Ara Cresswell said the initiative provides young carers across Australia with the opportunity to apply for financial support so they can remain in, or return to, education or training while continuing their caring role.
“There are more than 300,000 young carers in Australia, caring for someone with a disability, mental health issue, illness, alcohol or other drug problem, or who are frail aged,” Cresswell said.
“Young carers may help out with cleaning or cooking, getting a relative or friend about the house, helping with medication, keeping them safe, showering or dressing them, or just watching out to make sure they’re OK.
“More than 300 bursaries at $3,000 each will be awarded thanks to support from the Australian government. Last year we received more than 900 applications.
“Feedback from successful bursary recipients is heartwarming and an indication that even the smallest funding support can make a huge difference in the life of a young carer.”
She said the bursaries are making a real difference to the lives of young carers, and this flows on to their family environment.
“So if you are a young carer who is looking to continue studying at high school or TAFE, an apprenticeship or as an undergraduate at university, check the eligibility requirements and apply for a bursary now.”
The online application can be accessed here. Information is also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 1800 756 238.
Applications for a bursary are open until 14 September 2016.