Carer Payment

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.

Eligibility basics

  • 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

Eligibility rules

Both the carer and the person they are providing care for need to be eligible.

Read more about eligibility for Carer Payment

Exchanged care

We consider care to be exchanged care in certain circumstances.

Read more about exchanged care

Medical reports

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.

Read more about medical reports

Payment rates

There are different rates of Carer Payment for single people and couples.

Read more about how much you can get

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.

Read more about the transitional rate of pension

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.

Read more about income and assets


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.

Read more about change of circumstances

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.

Read more about breaks from caring

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.

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

Advance payment

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.

Read more about advance payment

Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

Read more about weekly payments

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.

Read more about Carer Payment 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

Income reporting

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.

Read more about income reporting for your main income support payment

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


Services and programs for carers

The following websites contain useful information for carers.

Read more about services and programs available 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.

Read more about 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 more Managing 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 regular deductions using Centrepay

Page last updated: 23 February 2018