Payments for carers

We provide payments to people who provide daily care to someone with severe disability, a medical condition, or who is frail aged.

Subscribe to receive regular email news updates for carers.

Financial assistance for carers

Carer Payment provides financial support to people who are unable to work in substantial paid employment because they provide full time daily care to someone with severe disability or medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged.

Carer Allowance is a fortnightly income supplement for parents or carers providing additional daily care and attention to an adult or dependent child with disability or a medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged. Carer Allowance is not income and assets tested, is not taxable and can be paid in addition to wages, Carer Payment or any other income support payment.

Carer Supplement is an annual lump sum payment to help you with the costs of caring for a person with disability or a medical condition if you are receiving Carer Payment or Carer Allowance.

Carer Adjustment Payment is a one off payment to help families deal with the increased costs of caring for a child younger than 7 years old who has had a sudden and severe illness or accident.

Child Disability Assistance Payment is an annual lump sum payment to help parents with the costs of caring for a child with disability.

Pensioner Education Supplement helps students with the ongoing costs of full time or part time study in a secondary or tertiary course.

Payments to help carers with dependent children

Family Tax Benefit helps parents or guardians with the cost of raising children. It is made up of 2 parts, Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B.

Parenting Payment also provides income support to parents or guardians to help cover the cost of raising children.

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance provides extra help to pay for approved child care when eligible parents undertake activities such as job search, work, study, training or rehabilitation to enter the workforce as part of a Job Plan or Participation Plan.

Double Orphan Pension helps with the costs of caring for orphans or children whose parents are unable to care for them in certain circumstances. No income or assets test is required.

Other assistance carers should know about

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme helps eligible people with permanent and severe incontinence to pay for incontinence products.

The Essential Medical Equipment Payment helps with the additional costs of running essential medical equipment, medically required heating or cooling, or both.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful. You can use Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

Carer Gateway provides a broad range of information about services and support available for carers.

 moneysmart logoMoneySmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Budget planner section on the MoneySmart website.

Page last updated: 3 May 2016