National Carers Week 2015

National Carers Week is coming up from 11-17 October 2015.

We are asking all schools to get involved in National Carers Week by hosting an event to celebrate and show appreciation of young carers in schools.

Young carers contribute so much to our community and yet they often experience social isolation, poor physical and mental health, and difficulties with participating in education and employment.

Within the Department, we are aiming to create carer-friendly environments to recognise and support students and employees with carer responsibilities. For further information please visit Support for Carers and Support for Employees with Carer Responsibilities.

Who are young carers?

Young carers are children and young people up to and including 25 years of age who help provide care in families where someone has a chronic illness, a disability or a mental illness; is frail aged; or has an alcohol or other drug problem.

  • At least one in ten children in Australia has some level of responsibility as a carer in their home.
  • On average, there are two or three young carers in every classroom in Australia.
  • The average age of a young carer under the age of 18 is likely to be 12 to 13 years.

For further information to support carers, please see Carers Tasmania.

Often young people do not identify as being a carer. Often young carers say that their caring role can affect the way they feel, how much time they get to spend with friends, their responsibilities with school work or holding down a job, and that often they need some help.

Young Carers have huge responsibilities in their caring role which can often impact greatly on their school work and attendance.

National Carers Week 2015

There are a number of ways your school can get involved in National Carers Week this year. We are asking all schools to host an event or organise an activity to celebrate and recognise carers in your school. Here are some ideas:

Organise a Take a Break event

Help raise awareness this National Carers Week by rounding up your students a ‘take a break’ event. This could be a morning tea, afternoon tea, school assembly celebration, guest speaker presentation, or Careroke Song performance.

By Taking a Break you are encouraging and providing an opportunity for student carers to take a small rest, and to encourage greater appreciation of the contribution of students who have caring responsibilities. It's also an opportunity to inform friends, students and all staff of the support services available to carers.

Further information is available at National Carers Week.

Get your students involved in Careroke!

If your students love singing and performing, why not inspire them to perform the Careroke song at your school?

Check out the Careoke Song, including sheet music, which you can use to help kick-off your school event.
A big thank you to Taroona High School students for sharing their performance:

Maggie James – Vocals
Aleks Folvig – Bass & Vocals
Hamish Collidge – Guitar
Jack Riley – Keyboard
Finn Carter – Drums
Thomas Evans – Trumpet
Anna McShane-Potts - Alto Sax
Deepika Satchithananthan – Tenor Sax

In addition to Carers Week activities, please find below additional information to support student carers. 

National Carer Awards 2015

The National Carer Awards publicly recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contribution unpaid carers and foster and kinship carers make to the nation.

Nominate someone today!

Please visit or email for an information and nomination pack.

Applications close Sunday 6 September 2015.

Young Carer Bursary Programme

Do you know a young carer who may be eligible to receive a bursary to support them with their education or training?

Young carers must be aged 12-25 years and must be currently studying or wishing to return to study or training.

In 2016, 333 bursaries will be granted, each bursary is valued at $3,000.

Applications close Monday 28 September 2015.

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