Carer Payment

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.

Income test for carers

Your income can reduce how much we pay you. If it’s over the limit we can’t pay you at all.

Read about the income test.

Assets test for carers

The value of your assets can reduce how much we pay you. If it’s over the limit we can’t pay you at all.

Read about the assets test.

The person you care for

If the person getting care doesn't get a pension or benefit from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, their:

  • income must be less than $112,006 a year, and
  • assets worth less than $691,000

These figures change each year.

The tests can also include the income and assets of some family members. The assests test:

  • doesn't include their home
  • may allow the carer to get Carer payment if the person getting care has assets over $691,000

Time off to work, study or train

We may still pay you if you take up to 25 hours a week away from caring to do:

  • paid work
  • volunteer work
  • study
  • training

The 25 hours includes travel time. You must still be the main carer.

Any income you get from a job can reduce what we pay you.

Page last updated: 17 May 2018