An automatic yearly payment if you care for a person with a disability or serious illness and get certain payments for 1 July.
Who can get it
You can get Carer Supplement if you get:
- Carer Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Wife Pension and Carer Allowance
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Partner Service Pension and Carer Allowance
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Carer Service Pension
You must get one of these payments for 1 July to be eligible.
Who can’t get it
You can’t get the supplement if you only have a Carer Allowance Health Care Card. You must get a payment to be eligible.
What may be different
We will assess your eligibility for Child Disability Assistance Payment separately.
How to get it
You don’t need to apply for the Carer Supplement. We’ll automatically pay you if you’re eligible.
You will get the Carer Supplement each year for as long as you remain eligible.
How much you can get
The supplement is a fixed rate of $600 each year for each eligible payment. You’ll get this amount on top of your regular payment.
You can get more than one supplement.
You can get the supplement for an eligible income support payment and for each person that you receive Carer Allowance for.
If you’re a part time carer, you’ll get a part rate of the Carer Supplement. How much you get depends on how much care you provide.
How you’re paid
The supplement will go into your nominated bank account in one lump sum each year.
If your payments are income managed, your supplement will be income managed as well.
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