Payment rates for Carer Allowance

Carer Allowance when caring for a child under 16 years is either:

  • a fortnightly payment of $118.20 and a Health Care Card for the child, or
  • a Health Care Card for the child

Which of these you receive depends on the child’s care needs.

Carer Allowance when caring for a person 16 years or over is paid at $118.20 per fortnight.

Adjustments to payment rates are made in line with the Consumer Price Index increases in the cost of living. Carer Allowance is adjusted on 1 January each year.

The amount of Carer Allowance you get depends on whether you are caring for more than one person or whether you are in a shared-care arrangement.

Carer Allowance is a non-taxable payment.