Adults in good physical and emotional health, with a
strong desire and compassion to help a child or young person can apply to
become a Carer.
You can be:
- Single, married, or in a defacto relationship,
including same-sex relationships.
- Working with children or have no
children of your own.
- Renting, buying or owning their home.
- Working full-time or part-time or not
- From a culturally diverse
- Living in a city, small town or remote
As there are a number of different kinds of care, carers can find an
arrangement that suits them best. For example, some families may be
interested in a long-term placement that is stable, whereas others may be
more suited to emergency or respite placements. In the Northern
Territory, 'Defence families' on deployment are an
example of carers who may be unsure of how long they will be in a
position to care for a child, but they are still able to make a difference
through emergency care and respite placements.
Carers may be more suitable or comfortable providing
care for children in particular types of children due to their experience,
or they may have special skills and attributes that make them a great
candidate for particular children. For example, people in health and
caring professions, (such as doctors, nurses, teachers and child care
workers) may be more confident in caring for a child with serious
behavioral difficulties or physical or intellectual
For information about ‘Who can
be a carer’ contact the Department of
Children and Families