We may pay Carer Allowance if you leave Australia for a short time. You must still meet the Carer Allowance rules at all times.
There are rules about:
- if we can pay Carer Allowance while you’re outside Australia, and
- how long we can keep paying it
When we can’t pay you
Your Carer Allowance stops as soon as you or the person getting care leave Australia to live in another country.
When we can pay you
If you travel with the person getting care
We keep paying you for the first 6 weeks of your trip, if you leave temporarily.
If you travel without the person getting care
If you leave Australia temporarily, we keep paying you for the first 6 weeks of your trip or until you run out of respite days. You have 63 respite days per year.
What may be different
The person getting care is your child aged under 16.
We will pay you for the first 6 weeks of your temporary overseas travel if your child stays with your partner. Your payment will stop on departure if you move overseas permanently
If the person getting care travels without you
We keep paying you until you run out of respite days.
When to tell us about your travel plans
You need to tell us if you or the person getting care are:
- leaving to live in another country
- going to be away for more than 6 weeks
- not travelling together
Otherwise you don’t need to tell us. The immigration department will tell us when you leave and return.
How to tell us
The easiest way is through your Centrelink online account via myGov.
Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.
If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by: