Child Disability Assistance Payment

An annual payment to assist parents with the costs of caring for a child with a disability.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must have been paid Carer Allowance for a child under 16 years for a period that includes 1 July. This also includes Carer Allowance backdated to include 1 July.

Payment rates

This payment is an ongoing, non-indexed annual lump sum payment.

Carer Allowance (child) recipients will receive a payment of up to $1,000 for each child in their care.

Some carers may receive 2 or more payments. Carers who receive a part rate of Carer Allowance under shared-care arrangements will also receive a part rate of this payment.

Factors affecting this payment

Certain factors may affect you receiving this payment. For example:

  • eligibility for this payment is independent of eligibility for Carer Supplement
  • it is entirely income managed for income managed customers
  • you have to receive an installment of Carer Allowance to receive this payment. If you have a Carer Allowance Health Care Card only you are not eligible

Carer Allowance customers, who receive part of the Carer Allowance because they share the care with another person, will be paid in the same ratio as Carer Allowance under their existing arrangements.

If you want to talk to someone about how this may affect you, call the Disability and Carers line on 132 717.

Claiming

If you are eligible for this payment, you do not need to do anything, we will automatically make the payment into your bank account.

What to do if your account is overdrawn

There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.

Managing your money

Getting control of your money can be hard, but we’ve got some great advice and tools to help. Read more about budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt, to help manage your money.

Page last updated: 28 April 2016