Eligibility for Carer Payment

When applying for Carer Payment, both the carer and the care receiver must meet eligibility criteria.

When applying for Carer Payment, both the carer and the care receiver must meet certain criteria.

The carer

The carer must meet the following conditions:

  • personally provide constant care, in the home, to someone with a severe disability, medical condition, or who is frail aged
  • meet the income and assets tests
  • be living in Australia, and
  • meet residence requirements

A carer for a child under 16 years who receives Carer Payment, generally receives Carer Allowance automatically.

The care receiver – 16 years or older

A care receiver 16 years or older must meet all the following conditions:

  • achieve a qualifying score as determined by the Adult Disability Assessment Determination 1999 (ADAT Determination)
  • be likely to suffer from the condition or disability permanently or for an extended period of 6 months unless the care receiver has a terminal illness
  • meet the residence requirements
  • require care in their home or in hospital, and
  • meet an income and assets test unless they receive an eligible pension or benefit paid by us or an eligible service pension or an income support supplement paid by the Department of Veterans' Affairs

If qualifying with a dependent child and the dependent child is aged 6 or older, the care receiver must qualify for and receive Carer Allowance for that child.

The care receiver – under 16 years

A care receiver under 16 years must meet the following conditions:

  • have a condition listed as a recognised disability or achieve a qualifying rating as determined by the Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination 2010 (DCLA Determination)
  • be likely to suffer from the condition or disability permanently or for an extended period of at least 6 months
  • meet the residence requirements
  • receive care in their home or in hospital
  • meet combined income and assets test for the child being cared for, the parents and their dependent children - if the child being cared for does not live with a parent or legal guardian, only the income and assets of the child are assessed

and either

  • be a child under 16 years, or
  • be one of 2 to 4 children under 16 years with disabilities or medical conditions whose combined care needs are equal to that of a single child aged under 16 with a severe disability or severe medical condition, or
  • be one of 1 or 2 children and an adult, whose combined care needs are equal to that of a single child with a severe disability or severe medical condition, or
  • be one of 2 or more children under 16 who are in an exchanged care arrangement

The ADAT and DCLA Determinations include:

  • a questionnaire to be completed by the carer, and
  • a questionnaire to be completed by the Treating Health Professional

Page last updated: 2 February 2016

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