Carer Payment while travelling outside Australia

To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Carer Payment.

There are rules about how long your Carer Payment can be paid when you travel outside Australia.

Rules for Carer Payment outside Australia

If you or the person you care for leave Australia to live in another country, your payment will generally stop on departure.

If the person you care for is with you while you are travelling outside Australia you can be paid Carer Payment for:

  • the first 6 weeks overseas, or
  • longer than 6 weeks if you are studying outside Australia as part of a full time Australian course

If the person you care for is not travelling with you, Carer Payment will continue for the first 6 weeks overseas, provided you have enough unused respite days remaining. You are allowed 63 respite days in each calendar year.

If the person you care for is travelling outside Australia without you, Carer Payment will continue while you have enough respite days remaining.

The rules are different if you are travelling to a country that has an international social security agreement with Australia, or you are already paid under an agreement.

International social security agreements

If you are going to a country that has an international social security agreement with Australia that covers Carer Payment, the agreement may allow you to be paid for longer. Under most international social security agreements, you have to be providing care for your partner who also needs to be eligible for Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.

If you are already paid under an international social security agreement, the amount you receive is determined according to the agreement. Most agreements allow payment to continue indefinitely while you are in the agreement country or in Australia. If you go to another country you can generally be paid for the same period as a person who leaves Australia and is not paid under an agreement.

Agreements do not allow you to continue to be paid if you are not travelling with the person you care for and have no respite days remaining.

When to tell us about your travel

You should tell us if you or the person you care for are leaving Australia and:

  • are going to live in another country
  • will be away for more than 6 weeks
  • you are paid under an international social security agreement, or
  • the person you care for is not travelling with you or is travelling outside Australia without you

Otherwise you do not need to tell us that you are leaving Australia. Australia's immigration department will advise us when you leave Australia and when you return.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get tailored information on how your payments and concession cards could be affected.

Carer Payment rate while outside Australia

Your rate of Carer Payment generally will not change if you travel outside Australia temporarily for less than 6 weeks.

If you can be paid for more than 6 weeks, you will be paid at an outside Australia rate.  Your  will reduce to the basic rate and your Energy Supplement will stop:

  • after 6 weeks if you are going temporarily
  • on departure from Australia if you are leaving to live in another country

If you are paid Carer Payment under an international social security agreement, the amount you are paid while you are outside Australia is based on that agreement.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 23 March 2016

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