Carer Payment

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.

There are rules about:

  • if we can pay Carer Payment while you’re outside Australia
  • how long we can keep paying it
  • how much we can pay you.

When we can’t pay you

Your Carer Payment stops as soon as you or the person getting care leave Australia to live in another country.

When we can pay you

The rules about how long we can pay you might be different based on your situation.

If you travel with the person getting care

If you leave Australia temporarily, we can keep paying you for the first 6 weeks of your trip.

If you travel without the person getting care

If you leave Australia temporarily, we can either keep paying you:

We will pay you for whichever option happens first.

If you go to a country that has a social security agreement with Australia

We can pay you for longer under certain circumstances. For us to do this the social security agreement of the country you’re in must include Carer Payment. You must also be caring for your partner and they must be eligible for Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.

If you’re studying overseas

If your study is part of a full time Australian course, we can pay you for more than 6 weeks. You must still meet the caring rules.

If the person getting care travels without you

We can keep paying you until they return or you run out of respite days, whichever happens first.

When to tell us about your travel plans

You need to tell us if you or the person you care for leave Australia and:

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 using your Centrelink online account through 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 either:

Payment rate outside Australia

How much we can pay you while you’re outside Australia depends on how long you’re away.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

If you leave Australia temporarily for less than 6 weeks

Your payment normally won’t change.

If you leave Australia temporarily for more than 6 weeks

Usually we stop paying you after 6 weeks.

If we can keep paying you, you'll get an outside Australia rate but your Energy Supplement stops after 6 weeks.

Page last updated: 19 October 2018