06 July 2016

Young Carer Bursary Programme

If you wear both student and carer hats, you are invited to apply for the 2017 Young Carer Bursary Programme.

In 2016, the number of applications received by Carers Australia found that one-quarter of young carers were studying at university, representing the largest group of applicants.

The Young Carer Bursary Programme is a national programme aimed to relieve the financial pressure on young carers to undertake part-time employment, in addition to managing their educational and caring responsibilities. The provision of a bursary increases the opportunity for you to remain in, or return to, education or training leading to improved employment opportunities and long-term finances.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, Carers Australia will be in 2017 awarding 333 bursaries valued at $3000 each. Students who are studying an undergraduate degree are eligible to apply; postgraduate students are not eligible.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a young carer is:

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.”

Applications open Tuesday 2 August 2016.

Applications closes 5pm AEST Wednesday 14 September 2016.

For eligibility criteria or more information, go to Young Carer Bursary Programme.

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