Caring for someone with an illness or disability
Payments & services
Explore payments based on your situation.
Financial assistance and services are available if you provide care to someone who has a disability, illness or is frail-aged.
Financial assistance for carers
Carer Supplement is an annual lump-sum payment to assist you with the costs of caring for a person with a disability.
Carer Adjustment Payment can provide one-off financial assistance to help you with the care needs of a child aged under seven years after a sudden accident, illness or disability.
Child Disability Assistance Payment is an annual payment that helps you with the costs of caring for a child with a disability.
The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme can help parents and carers of school-aged students who cannot go to state school on a daily basis because they have a disability or have special health needs.
A Special Disability Trust helps immediate family members of people with severe disabilities make a private financial provision for their future care and accommodation needs.
Financial assistance for people being cared for
There are payments to help you with the cost of medical equipment you need due to your disability or illness. For example, Continence Aids Payment Scheme provides an annual payment to cover the cost of buying continence products from the supplier of your choice.
The Essential Medical Equipment Payment is an annual $140 payment if you experience additional increases in home energy costs from the use of essential medical equipment to manage your disability or medical condition.
Tell us if your situation changes
It is important that you tell us if your situation changes. For example, if the child you care for goes into respite care, hospital or needs less care. You also need to report changes to your income.
Other government and community support services
The Helping Children with Autism package offers support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families and carers.
Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative provides early intervention services and treatments eligible children with disability.
There are a range of government and community organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your situation.
Australia.gov.au connects you to information and services across Australia including information about caring for others.
Agedcare Australia provides information on a wide range of community, aged care and support services.
DisabilityCare Australia is the national disability insurance scheme - a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent significant disability, their families and carers.
MoneySmart offers tips and useful tools to support people make better financial decisions and help manage their money.
Carers Australia is the national peak body for carers and represents the needs and interests of carers at the national level. The members of Carers Australia comprise the 8 state and territory Carers Associations. Visit carersaustralia.com.au or call Freecall 1800 242 636