Carer Payment

A payment for people who personally provide constant care, in a private home, with a severe disability, medical condition, or an adult who is frail aged.

Eligibility basics

  • you personally provide constant care in the home for someone with a severe disability, medical condition or who is frail aged
  • you personally provide that care for a significant period, usually a minimum of 6 months
  • you, and the person you provide care for, meet the income and assets tests
  • you are not absent from the caring role for more than 25 hours per week participating in training, education, employment or voluntary work

You cannot receive Carer Payment and another income support payment, such as Age Pension, at the same time.

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