Media Release by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Help for young carers a keystroke away

Young people caring for a relative who has an illness or disability will now have access to a range of information products, including an interactive website, as part of the Howard Government’s commitment to supporting carers in Australia.

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today officially launched the Young Carers website and information kits, which will act as a portal for information, advice and referral services.

“The website will provide important information and contact numbers of available services to support young carers in managing the challenges they face as part of their caring role,” Senator Patterson said.

“The interactive website includes details such as dealing with emergencies, coping with school and stress, the impact on relationships and finding the right service such as respite care.

“Together with Carers Australia, we have also developed a Young Carers information kit, which contains an information booklet for young carers and their parents, and a Primary School Education Kit.

“The website and information kits follow from the Young Carers National Summit held last year, where carers called for better access to available services and information to assist them in their caring role.

“Addressing the issues facing young carers in our communities is a priority for the Howard Government and in the 2004-05 Budget, $26.6 million in funding was allocated for respite and information services aimed directly at young carers, including a telephone hotline and online advice.

“Of this funding, $2.1 million will be spent over four years for the provision of information, referral and advice services to support young carers throughout Australia.

“I am delighted to launch the new website, Young Carer Information Kit and Primary Schools Kit, which will assemble information currently available into one central point, providing young carers with the support and assistance they deserve,” Senator Patterson said.

Young carers are encouraged to visit the Young Carers website at or for more information contact Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre (freecall 1800 242 636).