Payment rates for Carer Allowance

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

  • a fortnightly payment of $121.70 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 providing care for a person 16 years or over is paid at $121.70 per fortnight.

Carer Allowance is adjusted on 1 January each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

The amount of Carer Allowance you get depends on whether you are providing care for more than 1 person and whether you are in a shared care arrangement.

Carer Allowance is a non-taxable payment.

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