How much you can get

Information about how much you can get, how we pay and why it won’t count as income.

Payment rate

The 2019-20 payment rate for CAPS is up to $609.70 per person.

This payment doesn’t add to your taxable income and doesn’t prevent you from getting other payments from us.

We index the CAPS payment on 1 July each year.

Payment option

We can pay into your choice of Australian bank account. It can’t be a credit card, loan or mortgage account.

The account can belong to either:

  • yourself
  • the custodial parent of a child getting CAPS
  • your legal or authorised nominee.

For us to pay a custodial parent of a child getting CAPS, the child must be either:

  • under 14
  • under 18 and not able to act on their own behalf.

A legal or authorised nominee can be:

  • someone with the person’s power of attorney
  • the person’s legal guardian
  • a public trustee
  • the person’s Centrelink payment nominee
  • their Department of Veterans’ Affairs trustee or agent
  • someone the Department of Health agrees is a responsible person
  • an organisation that helps the person buy continence products.

We’ll let you or your nominee know each time we pay you.

If your bank account details change, you need to either:

You can read more about how to manage your payment.

Page last updated: 24 July 2019