Eligibility rules for Carer Allowance

The carer and the person you are providing care for must both be eligible.

Residence rules

On the day you claim, both the carer and the person getting care must be:

To keep getting Carer Allowance

To keep getting Carer Allowance you must both continue to be Australian residents.

Rules for carers

To get this payment you must meet these rules.

Care needs

You must be giving additional daily care and attention to someone because they:

  • have a disability or severe illness
  • are frail aged

You may be able to get Carer Allowance for more than 1 person you provide care for.

Income and assets

There’s no income or assets tests for Carer Allowance. We pay it on top of any income support payment you get or what you earn from your employer.

Rules for the person getting care aged 16 or older

Care needs

The person getting care must:

  • score high enough on the Adult Disability Assessment Determination 1999 (ADAT)
  • be likely to have the illness or disability for at least 12 months, unless it’s terminal
  • get care from you in their home, your home or in hospital

The ADAT has:

  • questions the carer must answer
  • questions the health professional who treats the child getting care must answer

Income and assets

There’s no income or assets tests for Carer Allowance.

Rules for the child getting care aged under 16

The child, aged under 16, is getting care and is eligible for payment.

Care needs

The child getting care must:

  • have a recognised disability or score high enough on the Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination 2010 (DCLAD)
  • be likely to have the illness or disability for at least 12 months, unless it’s terminal
  • need care from the carer in their home or in hospital

What may be different

We may pay Carer Allowance if you provide care for 2 children under 16 whose needs add up to the same as 1 eligible child.

The carer and the health professional who treat the child getting care must answer questions for the DCLAD.

Income and assets

There’s no income or assets tests for Carer Allowance.

When to claim

You may be able to get Carer Allowance without claiming it.

When you don’t need to claim

If you get Carer Payment for a child aged under 16.

When you do need to claim

You must complete a claim if you are providing care for a:

  • a person aged 16 or older
  •  a child aged under 16 and don’t get Carer Payment for them

Page last updated: 27 August 2017