Change of circumstances while receiving Carer Payment
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving Carer Payment. For example, if:
- your care arrangements change
- the person or child you care for goes into respite care or hospital
- the person or child you care for needs less care
- the child you care for stops being your dependent
- your personal circumstances change
- you change your address
- you stop caring for the person or child or
- your care situation or the level of care you provide changes because of support from DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme or
- you or the person you care for goes on a holiday outside Australia or leaves Australia permanently
- your income, assets or investments change
- your work or study load changes
If you do not tell us about the changes within 14 days your payment may be affected. You may be overpaid benefits and you may have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately do not tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud, and a recovery fee may be imposed.
Taking a break from caring
Up to 63 days per calendar year can be taken for respite without effecting your payment. These days may be used for any purpose, including formal respite care such as community, in-home, or residential respite, or informal respite that is provided by a friend or family member.
If the person aged 16 years or over goes into hospital
You can continue to be paid Carer Payment if the person you are caring for goes into hospital for up to 63 days per calendar year as long as you continue to provide care for them while in hospital and intend to resume care after the hospital stay. The hospitalisation period is in addition to the standard 63 day allowable break from caring.
If the child aged under 16 goes into hospital
You can continue to receive Carer Payment if the child you are caring for goes into hospital, as long as you continue to provide care for them while they are in hospital and you intend to resume caring for them when they return home. It is important that you tell us if this occurs.
We will contact you after your child has been in hospital for a continuous period of 12 weeks to review your circumstances.
Review of circumstances
Carer Payment customers are reviewed to confirm they are continuing to provide care and whether there are any changes to their care situation. A medical review of the care receiver may also be required.