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.