Carer Supplement

An automatic yearly payment if you care for a person with a disability or serious illness and get certain payments for 1 July.

If you are a carer and we reduced your income support payment to $0 as of 1 July because of earnings, you can get this supplement.

Who can get it

You can get Carer Supplement if you get:

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.

Manage your money

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money.

My bank account is overdrawn

We can help you manage your money if your account is overdrawn.

Read about what to do if your account is overdrawn.

Page last updated: 30 October 2018