According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a carer is:

 

“A person of any age who provides any informal assistance, in terms of help or supervision, to an older person or someone who has a disability or a long-term health condition. This assistance has been, or is likely to be, ongoing for at least six months.”

 

For the purposes of this programme a young carer is a child or young person who helps care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue, is aged or who has an alcohol or other drug problem. Young carers may help out with cleaning or cooking, getting a relative or friend about the house, helping with medication, keeping them safe, showering or dressing them, or just watching out to make sure they're OK.