Program information

Young Carer Bursary Program applications are now closed

On this page:

  • Who is eligible to apply for the Young Carer Bursary Program?
  • What is an approved course of study?
  • Important dates
  • Bursary money
  • What can the bursary money be spent on?
  • What are my obligations if I'm successful?

Who is eligible to apply for the Young Carer Bursary Program?

  • A young carer aged 12 - 25 years. The applicant cannot be turning 26 in the year that they receive the bursary.
  • At either secondary school, TAFE or university.
  • Studying or training an approved course, either full-time or part-time.
  • An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.
  • Not in receipt of another scholarship or bursary.
  • Not already qualified with an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree

What is an approved course of study?
Courses delivered by a Recognised Training Organisation are supported by this program. They includes:

  • high school education
  • home schooling approved by the relevant educational authority
  • college
  • school-based apprenticeships
  • preparatory courses for tertiary education (such as first aid)
  • vocational/ TAFE course such as Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III Certificate IV or Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree.

If you have already attained an Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree you will not be eligible to apply.

Important dates
Applications open 27 July and will close on 7 September 2017.

Bursary money
Each bursary recipient is awarded $3,000 over a one year period. This money is paid in instalments of $750, made in February, April, August and October. 

What can the bursary money be spent on?
Anything that helps your educational goals. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • course fees, text books, stationary, tutoring, school uniforms and extra-curricular activities
  • respite support to give young carers time to study and attend classes or training
  • accommodation or transport support to help young carers attend school, university or training
  • financial support for the family, freeing up money for education and reducing the need for young carers to work
  • emotional support.

Carers Australia does not need or require receipts for the money spent.

What are my obligations if I get a bursary? 

The Department of Social Services requires all successful applicants to complete a mandatory survey every six months, in July and December. The survey will assess your ongoing eligibility. If you are in Year 11 or over you, will be need to provide continuing proof of enrolment. Young carers found to be ineligible in July will not receive the last two payments. 

You will be considered ineligible if you:

  • are no longer studying
  • are no longer a permanent Australian resident
  • receive another bursary or scholarship
  • do not complete this survey
  • your caring role has ended
  • have deferred your studies or taken a leave of absence.

If you are found ineligible in July, you will not have to pay back the first two payments.

While you are not required to provide receipts to Carers Australia, the intent behind the funding is to support young carers with their education or training.