An income support payment if you give constant care to someone who has a severe disability, illness, or an adult who is frail and old.
- you’re caring for 1 or more people with care needs which score high enough on the ADAT or DCLAD
- they will have these needs for at least 6 months or the rest of their life
- under the pension income and assets test limits
- you and your care receiver must both be residing in Australia
Eligibility & payment rates
Both the carer and the person they are providing care for need to be eligible.
We consider care to be exchanged care in certain circumstances.
We use medical reports to check if we can pay you Carer Payment. Health professionals who treat the person you are providing care for must complete these reports.
There are different rates of Carer Payment for single people and couples.
Transitional rate of pension
The transitional rate started in 2009 for pensioners who would get a lower rate if we used the new income test.
Income and assets test
How much Carer Payment you get depends on what both you and the person you provide care for earn and own.
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
Change of circumstances
We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your Carer Payment.
Breaks from caring
You can still get Carer Payment if someone else provides care while you have a break, or the person you provide care for goes into hospital.
Transfer to Carer Payment 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.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
If you travel outside Australia
We may pay Carer Payment if you leave Australia for a short time. You must keep meeting Carer Payment rules at all times.
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.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Services and programs for carers
The following websites contain useful information for carers.
Payment and Service Finder
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.