Young Carers Program - Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre

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About This Service

The Young Carer Program aims to support young carers to balance their caring role with school and with life. A young carer is defined as a young person aged 25 years or under who has a caring role for a family member or a friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, alcohol or other substance dependency or are frail aged.   

The Young Carer Program targets young people who are completing their primary or secondary education or vocational equivalent. The young person can be in a primary or secondary carer but must be providing regular, significant and sustained care and assistance on an ongoing basis or likely to be ongoing for at least 6 months.

There are 3 parts to the Young Carer Program including:-

•           Emergency and Short Term Respite (time out from their caring role) - requests go through Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Intake and encompass both tradition styled respite and access to a wide range of other age specific options for time away from their caring role or support with education.

•           Carer Support - The young carer is allocated a Young Carer Worker to provide short term one on one support that is tailored to the young person’s current individual needs and circumstances.   The Young Carer Worker will engage with the young carer to provide individualised support including planning, referral to respite and other services, as well as provision of information and supports to enable them to successfully complete their schooling.

•           Activities and Camps which provide time out from the caring role and opportunities to connect with other young carers.

    • Service Provider


    • Service Name

      Young Carers Program - Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre

    • Service Address

      Ground Floor, Building 5, Brandon Park Business, 530-540 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, 3150

    • Phone

      9239 2500

    • Fax

      9239 2522

    • Email

    • Service Area

      Knox,Maroondah,Yarra Ranges,Hills,Urban,Valley

    • Service Hours

      24 hour emergency response

    • Age Group

      5 - 25

    • Interpreters


    • Service Type


    • Website

    • Service For

      Young carers

    • Languages (other than English)


    • Disability Access


    • Drop In Service


    • Outreach


    • Outpost


    • Costs

      No Cost

    • Public Transport Information


More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

    • Participation Length

      Short term

    • Participation Type


    • Staff Profile


    • Specific Exclusions

      Must reside in the Eastern Metropolitan Region.

    • Funding Limit?


    • Who Can Refer

      Self referral, Parent/Guardian, Other service, School

    • Emergency Referral and Intake Process

      Must reside in the Eastern Metropolitan Region.

    • E-Referral Option