Young carer payments

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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)

Youth Allowance

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

Find out more and apply for a Youth Allowance

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.

Find out more and apply for a Student Start-up Loan

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.

Find out more and apply for the Young Carer Bursary Program