Young carers are being called on to “tick the box” in the 2016 census in a bid to better reflect the true number of young carers in Australia.
Not for Profit Little Dreamers, one of Australia’s leading organisations for young carers, has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and help parents and young carers understand they are entitled to funding for the work they do and ensure they tick the correct box on the form.
Founder and CEO of Little Dreamers Madeleine Buchner told Pro Bono Australia News the Tick the Box campaign was important as the government needed to understand the actual number of young carers because it is an area that requires a lot more funding.
“A lot of the funding decisions come from the census for the government and the quite large difference between the numbers [115,000 in the census compared to 420,000] has a big impact on funding for the sector.
“I think also question 49 on the census, is a very weirdly worded question, that a lot of people wouldn’t identify with, so I think it was really important that we kind of pointed out which questions young carers should be ticking to have their voice counted.
Question 49 – In the last two weeks did the person spend time providing unpaid care, help or assistance to family members or others because of a disability, a long term health condition or problems related to old age?
“I think it comes down to the more we get young people to acknowledge that they are a young carer through social media and through connecting with organisations like Little Dreamers, the more we can go to the government and say, ‘Hey, you need to do something more to support these young people’.”
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