Income and assets test for Carer Payment

How much Carer Payment you get depends on what you and the person you provide care for earn and own.

Income test for carers

Your income can reduce how much we pay you. If it’s over the limit we can’t pay you at all.

Read about the income test.

Assets test for carers

The value of your assets can reduce how much we pay you. If it’s over the limit we can’t pay you at all.

Read about the assets test.

Income and assets tests for the person getting care

If the person getting care does not get a pension or benefit from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs their:

  • income must be less than $109,917 a year, and
  • assets worth less than $678,000

The assets test doesn’t include their home.

The tests can also include the income and assets of some family members.

In some cases, if the person getting care has assets over $678,000, the carer may still get Carer Payment.

Time off to work, study or train

We may still pay you if you take up to 25 hours a week away from caring to do:

  • paid work
  • volunteer work
  • study
  • training

The 25 hours includes travel time.

You must still be the main carer.

Any income you get from a job can reduce what we pay you.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017