Carer Allowance

An additional fortnightly payment if you give daily care to someone who has a disability, serious illness, or is frail aged.

Eligibility basics

  • you give extra care to someone who has a disability or severe illness or is frail aged
  • their care needs score high enough on the ADAT or DCLAD
  • they will have these needs for at least 12 months or the rest of their life

Eligibility & payment rates

Eligibility rules

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

Read more about eligibility

Payment rates

There's no income or assets test for Carer Allowance. We pay the same rate no matter what you earn or own.

Read more about how much Carer Allowance you can get


Check if you are eligible before you start your claim.


  • find out what you need to start claiming
  • start your claim
  • submit your claim with supporting documents
  • we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome


Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

We need to know about changes that could increase, reduce or stop your Carer Allowance.

Read more about change of circumstances

Breaks from caring

You can still get Carer Allowance if someone else provides care while you have a break, or the person you provide care for goes into hospital.

Read more about breaks from caring

Transfer to Carer Allowance adult

When the person you provide care for is almost 16 you can request to transfer to Carer Payment and Carer Allowance for an adult.

Read more about when the person you provide care for is going to turn 16

Medical reviews

From time to time we review Carer Allowance to check for changes in your care responsibilities.

Read more about medical reviews

If you travel outside Australia

We may pay Carer Allowance if you leave Australia for a short time. You must keep meeting Carer Allowance rules at all times.

Read more about Carer Allowance if you travel outside Australia

Someone to deal with us on your behalf

If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.

Read more about someone to deal with us on your behalf

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn

Try self service

Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.

Read more about using self service.


Services and programs

The following websites contain useful information for carers.

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme has information for families and carers of people with disability - you can get links to community groups that can support them too
  • myagedcare has support you can get if you care for someone who’s frail aged
  • Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres has information on respite care and other support services – call them on Freecall 1800 052 222 or 1800 059 059
  • Special Disability Trusts has help for the immediate family of people with severe disability – you can get information on setting up a Special Disability Trust to plan for the future care and housing of the disabled person too
  • Carers Australia has information about this national carers group and support services – call them on Freecall 1800 242 636
  • Carer Gateway has information about services and support for carers

Payment and Service Finder

Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.

Start using Payment and Service Finder

Manage your money


We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money

Regular deductions using Centrepay

You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.

Read more about how Centrepay works

Page last updated: 23 February 2018