FAQ and testimonials


  • How long are the bursaries for?
  • How do I apply?
  • Can I apply if I was successful in a previous year?
  • I was accepted last year, do I need to apply again?
  • What does the application form look like?
  • When will I be notified if I am shortlisted?
  • What will I need to provide if I am shortlisted?
  • How will you make contact with me?

How long are the bursaries for?
The bursary is awarded for 12 months only. Each year you will need to submit a new application.

How do I apply?
Fill out the online application form available here. The form is available only during the open dates in July/August each year. 

Can I apply if I was successful in a previous year?
Yes you can. If you were successful or unsuccessful in your last application, it will not be an advantage or a disadvantage in the 2018 process. Also, if you were successful in 2017, this does not guarantee you will be successful in 2018 because every year’s assessment is a new and separate process. 

I was accepted last year, do I need to apply again?
Yes you do. Every year is separate from the last. If you want to apply for the next year of funding, you will need to submit a new application form. 

What does the application form ask me?
The application form is a series of questions looking at such things as how long you have been caring for, the impact of caring on you, where you live, your household income, your age and educational achievements and other similar factors.
There are also free text boxes where you can tell us about your caring experiences and what difference it would make if you were to receive a bursary. Take your time to think about what to write in the text boxes, they are important in helping us gather information to work out who are the young carers most in need.

When will I be notified if I am shortlisted?
It may take up to 16 weeks from the time you applied that you will be notified if you have been shortlisted.

What will I need to provide if I am shortlisted?
Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence for proof of identity, age, carer status, educational enrolment, and to establish Australian residency/citizenship status. An information pack will be sent to you if you are shortlisted.

How will you make contact with me?
Carers Australia will contact shortlisted and successful applicants by email or also by phone if necessary. You need to make sure you put all your contact details in the application form.


Below are testimonials from young carers who have received a bursary.

[The bursary] has helped with transport, especially when mum isn't well. I feel more independent being able to pay for school things without having to feel a burden on my mum who only receives Carer Payment. I feel more open to fulfil more options.

I would never have been able to afford to do the courses I want without the bursary. I have also been able to purchase a tablet, which has made it easier to study while continuing my caring role.

I have been almost stress-free, surprisingly. I feel empowered and very independent.

It shifts lots of things in a good way when paying for uniforms and school things is not such a worry.

Not to have to work as many hours as I have been and to decrease to the minimum amount while still retaining my job. I know I can stay at school for another year as the bursary has paid my fees.

I feel very safe and financially secure right now, more than I ever have been. I have so much more time and I don't feel pressured to have to work and study at the same time. 

The bursary has not only lifted a weight in terms of the cost of my education and all the expenses that come with it, it has also contributed greatly to my everyday life, supporting my sporting interests, finances and community life.

It has given me peace of mind to know I have financial back-up for any necessary items or services I might require whilst I finish my university degree and continue to care for my mum.

I have more time to study, spend time relaxing with friends and participate in social events. My grades have improved a lot. I feel very satisfied.

I no longer stress myself over financial issues. I have been able to use the money on respite for mum so I can play sport. I have also got a gym membership so I lost 20 kilograms. I feel amazing.

I feel like I fit in at school because I am included in all the trips run in my classes.