Change of circumstances while receiving Carer Payment

If you do not tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.

For example not telling us, 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 dependant
  • 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, 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
  • the person or child for whom you care has died

Doing the right thing is easy:

It is never too late to report a change. By telling us about any changes today, we can help make sure you receive the correct payment.

If you have received payments you are not eligible for, you may have to repay the amount plus a recovery fee may also be applied. Having to repay a debt may be difficult but choosing not to tell us when your circumstances change could lead to far more serious consequences.

If you deliberately do not tell us when your circumstances change, you could be committing fraud.

Read more about how to avoid committing fraud.

Page last updated: 7 December 2016

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