An automatic yearly payment if you get Carer Allowance for 1 July and looking after a child with a disability or serious illness.
You must have been paid Carer Allowance for a child under 16 years for a period that includes 1 July.
If you only have a Carer Allowance Health Care Card you won’t be eligible.
It doesn’t matter if you get Carer Supplement or not. This payment has different rules.
How to apply
You don’t need to do anything to apply for this payment.
If you’re eligible, we’ll automatically pay it into your bank account.
What you get
Each year you can get up to $1,000 for each child who qualifies for Carer Allowance. If you are getting Carer Allowance for 2 children, you will get 2 payments.
If you share care for the child
If you get a part rate of Carer Allowance under shared care arrangements, you’ll also get a part rate of this payment. The ratio will be the same.
If you’re on income management
This payment will be fully income managed.
Call the Carers line if you need to discuss your payment.
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
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.