Australian National Young Carer Action Team

What is the Australian National Young Carers Action Team

The Australian National Young Carers Action Team (ANYCAT) was established in May 2005, to support young carers with an interest in advocating and raising awareness of young carer issues in Australia.

There is one ANYCAT member representative from each state and territory in Australia. Each ANYCAT member is supported by their state/territory Young Carer Worker, and staff from Carers Australia. Each ANYCAT member is a representative of their state/territory Carers Association where they live. The ANYCAT membership is for two (2) years.

If you would like to apply to be an ANYCAT member, please click on the state or territory Carer Association icon below where you live and write an email expressing your interest to be an ANYCAT Member.

A Young Carer Worker from your state or territory will contact you and support you in the application process.

Purpose

The ANYCAT program is designed to provide ANYCAT members with skills to enable them to:

  • raise awareness and understanding in their community and within government about what it means to be a young carer and the issues that young carers face
  • confidently discuss and raise awareness of what it is like to be a young carer while participating at a media opportunity
  • inform Carers Australia with expert information on what it’s like to be a young carer.

From time to time Carers Australia needs to consult with young carers to determine views and perspectives on issues related to being a young carers. This information will assist with policy responses and engaging with government.

Benefits to ANYCAT members

As an ANYCAT member, you will:

  • receive media training to enable you to communicate and advocate on behalf of the young carers in your state/territory
  • receive training in leadership and advocacy, which will enhance your public speaking skills
  • contribute to policy discussions around issues that affect young carers
  • get to meet other young carers in a peer group setting
  • get the opportunity to meet politicians and government representatives, attend events relating to young carers and help other people understand what it means to be a young carer
  • attend the annual ANYCAT Forum, which may be held interstate.

Membership Criteria

To become an ANYCAT member, you need to meet the following Criteria.

  • Aged between 15 and 24 years at the time of the first ANYCAT Forum.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Have been a young carer for at least 12 months.
  • Prepared to commit to being an ANYCAT for two (2) years.
  • The person you care for and your family are supportive of you taking on this role.
  • Able to meet associated time commitments:
    • the ANYCAT Forum generally runs for three (3) days, which means you will need to be away for three (3) full days and two (2) to three (3) nights, most probably interstate (including travel time).
  • Willing to be a voice for the young carers in your state, territory and nationally. This may involve:
    • advocating on behalf of the young carers in your state/territory
    • discussing the issues young carers face with media, the government and service providers, and exploring solutions with other ANYCAT members.
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment with other state/territory ANYCAT members and a willingness to work in collaboration with and seek and take direction from the Young Carer Workers and Carer Association in your state or territory.
  • Able to embrace the responsibility of representing your state/territory on a national level.
  • Able to be away from, and consider respite requirements for, the person you care for while you’re away at ANYCAT events.
  • Aware that this is a voluntary role; ANYCAT members don’t get paid, although Carers Australia covers the cost of attending the ANYCAT Forum.
  • Participate in local and national young carer activities and events, such as:
    • talking to schools
    • National Carers Week
    • National Youth Week
    • Disability Awareness Week.
  • Able to contribute effectively in group discussion.
  • Able to participate in discussions around determining the directions of ANYCAT into the future.
  • Willing to communicate your caring experiences with the media, politicians and others, including school groups and the government.
  • Prepared to sign the Code of Conduct form.
  • Willing to consider becoming a Young Carer Ambassador after your ANYCAT membership has expired

NOTE:  An ANYCAT role is voluntary – whilst expenses relating to travel and accommodation, on ground costs and meals to attend ANYCAT events will be covered, you won’t be paid for the time that you commit to being an ANYCAT.

Want to talk more about being an ANYCAT Member?

If you would like to apply to be an ANYCAT member, please click on the state or territory Carer Association icon above where you live and write an email expressing your interest to be an ANYCAT Member.