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.
You must tell us if you take a break from caring. You can do this online. Sign in to myGov and access your Centrelink online account. Then use the View/Update Absence from Care option from the Carer menu. If you can’t go online you can call us.
Taking a break (respite)
You can have 63 days of respite each calendar year (1 January–31 December) without your payment stopping.
You can use these days for anything, including a holiday or simply a break from caring.
While you’re having a break the person getting care can:
- be in formal respite care, at home, or elsewhere
- be informally looked after by a friend, neighbour or family member
If the person getting care goes into hospital and they’re under 16 years old
We will keep paying you Carer Allowance if the child getting care goes into hospital, as long as:
- you keep caring for them while they’re there and
- you plan to still provide care for them at home when they leave hospital
We’ll check back with you if they’ve been in hospital for more than 12 weeks
If the person getting care goes into hospital and they’re 16 years or older
We will keep paying you Carer Allowance for up to 63 days in a calendar year if the person you provide care for is in hospital, as long as:
- you keep caring for them while they’re there
- they are likely to return to your care when they leave, and
- you plan to still provide care for them when they leave hospital
Call the carers line if the person getting care is in hospital for more than 63 days in a year. We may be able to still pay you by using some of your respite days.
Page last updated: 20 November 2018