Support for non-parent carers

We provide payments and services to non-parent carers, such as grandparents, who provide full-time care for a child. There is support available for non-parent carers who look after a child with a severe disability or chronic medical illness.

Payments to help non-parent carers

There are several payments to help non-parent carers who provide care to a child. Family Tax Benefit is available to help with the costs of raising or caring for children. It is made up of two parts - Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B. You may be eligible if you are a carer of a child, whether it is your birth-child, grandchild, foster child or adopted child.

To assist you with the cost of using child care services there is:

  • Child Care Benefit which helps cover long day care, family day care, occasional day care, outside school hour care, vacation care, pre-school, and kindergarten child care
  • Child Care Rebate which covers 50 percent of out-of-pocket child-care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to the Child Care Benefit
  • Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance which can help you meet the cost of approved child care by paying some of the 'gap fee' not covered by Child Care Benefit for the hours of care you need for approved activities such as job search, work, study or training

Our online estimator helps you decide payment options for your family. You can also see how much Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate you may be able to get.

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To help with the costs of caring for children who are orphans or unable to be cared for by their parents in certain circumstances, the Double Orphan Pension is available.

Grandparent advisers have been introduced in selected DHS Service Centres to support grandparents with full-time caring responsibility for their grandchildren.

Payments to assist with health care

Carer Payment can provide financial support if you are unable to work in substantial paid employment because you are providing full-time care to someone with a severe disability, medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged.

If you are a carer who provides additional daily care and attention for an adult or one or more dependent children with disability or severe medical condition, you may be eligible for Carer Allowance. Carer Allowance has no income and assets test, is not taxable and can be paid in addition to wages, Carer Payment or any other Centrelink payment.

If you are already receiving Carer Payment or Carer Allowance, the Carer Supplement is an annual lump sum payment to assist carers with the costs of caring for a person with a disability or medical condition. Child Disability Assistance Payment is an annual payment that helps you with the costs of caring for a child with a disability. The Carer Adjustment Payment is a one-off payment to help families deal with the increased costs of caring for a child aged six years or younger who has had a sudden and severe illness or accident.

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme can help carers of school-aged students who cannot go to an appropriate state school on a daily basis because they have a disability or have special health needs.

Child Support for non-parent carers

If you provide care for a child and you are not the parent, you may be able to apply for a child support assessment to receive child support from both of the child’s parents. Examples of non-parent carers include legal guardians, grandparents or other family members. Read more about applying for child support as a non-parent carer.

If your situation changes

You need tell us if your situation changes. This includes, for example, if the child you care for goes into respite care or hospital or needs less care. You can report changes to your income: