Carer Allowance

An income supplement for carers who provide additional daily care and attention for someone with a disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged.

Eligibility basics

  • provide additional daily care for a dependent child under 16 years, with a disability or medical condition, who lives with you, or
  • provide additional daily care for 2 dependent children with disabilities or medical conditions, who do not individually qualify for Carer Allowance, but together have a substantial caring responsibility and live with you, or
  • provide additional daily care for a person 16 years or over who has a disability, medical condition, or who is frail aged, and
  • care must be provided in either your home or the home of the person you are caring for
We invite carers to take part in a voluntary field test. Read more about how you can help us improve Carer Payment and Carer Allowance assessments.

Page last updated: 7 December 2016