Young carer bursary program

@JCU Young carer bursary program

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Young students caring for others can now apply for a bursary.

The Young Carer Bursary Programme is now taking applications for 2017.

A young carer is defined as:

“A person of any age who provides any informal assistance, in terms of help or supervision, to an older person or someone who has a disability or a long-term health condition. This assistance has been, or is likely to be, ongoing for at least six months.”

The Young Carer Bursary Programme is a national programme and is administered by Carers Australia in Canberra.  The aim of the Programme is to help relieve the financial pressure on young carers to undertake part-time employment, in addition to managing their educational and caring responsibilities.  

The Australian Government has committed $1 million for bursaries in 2017.  Bursaries are set at $3,000 each so 333 bursaries will be awarded in 2017.  Students who are studying an undergraduate degree are eligible to apply; postgraduate students are not eligible.

Applications open on Tuesday 2 August 2016 and close at 5pm AEST Wednesday 14 September 2016.  

Applications can be completed via an on-line application form on the young carer bursary website at which will be available from 2 August 2016.

For further information,ring 1800 756 238 or email Carers Australia at