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:
- for the first 6 weeks of your trip
- until you run out of breaks from caring.
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:
- either of you are leaving to live in another country
- either of you will be away for more than 6 weeks
- you aren’t travelling together
- your Carer Payment is through a social security agreement with another country.
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.
To get your payment or concession card while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules for that payment or concession card.
We’ll pay your pension differently if you live outside Australia permanently or are outside Australia on a long term basis.
Page last updated: 22 May 2019