Carer Allowance

Payment rates

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

This payment doesn’t add to your taxable income.

Payment rates change on 1 January each year to keep up with the cost of living.

If you are providing care to someone who is aged 16 or older

Carer Allowance is $127.10 each fortnight.

If you are providing care for a child aged under 16

Carer Allowance is either:

  • for a child with higher needs – $127.10 every fortnight and a Health Care Card for the child
  • for a child with lower needs – a Health Care Card for the child

What may be different

If you share care of the child and the other parent is not your partner:

  • you get part of the payment
  • the other carer gets the rest, based on how much care you each provide

Page last updated: 16 August 2018