Income and Assets tests for Carer Payment
The amount of Carer Payment depends on the income and assets of both the carer and the person receiving care.
Income test for carers
Carers are assessed using an income test as income may affect eligibility for Carer Payment or the amount paid.
Assets test for carers
The value of various assets that a carer has may affect eligibility for Carer Payment or the amount paid.
We use the same asset test across many of our payments.
Income and assets tests for people receiving care
If the person receiving care does not receive a pension or benefit paid by us or the Department of Veterans Affairs, their income and assets cannot be greater than the following limits:
Under certain circumstances, if assets are over $627,000, this may not disqualify the carer from Carer Payment.
Carers working, volunteering, studying or training
You can participate in work, including volunteer work, study or training for up to 25 hours a week including the time taken to travel and still be eligible for Carer Payment, as long as you continue to personally provide constant care. Any income you receive may affect your rate of payment.