Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Vital research to help young carers

Vital research into the needs of young Australians who take on the responsibility of being a carer has commenced with the Federal Government and the Carers Association of Australia (CAA) joining forces.

Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced the CAA has been awarded funding of $100 000 to conduct vital research into the characteristics, needs and number of primary carers under 25 years of age.

“The CAA will deliver a report by the end of this year. Findings from the research will help the Government identify areas where there is a need for greater support.

“1998 ABS statistics estimated that 181,000 Australians under 18 years provided care to a family member with around 6,000 being primary carers, although the ABS stated that the actual numbers are likely to be higher.

“These figures represent a significant number of young people who have taken on the demanding and often stressful job of a carer.

“This research will assist the Government to improve support for young carers as they balance their caring responsibilities with their own personal goals and aspirations. It is really important that young people continue to participate and interact with the community.

“The Government has worked hard to support carers. The establishment of a regional network of Carer Respite Centres and the 1999 Budget commitment of an extra $100 million over four years for carer respite has given real assistance to carers,” Mr Anthony said.