National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund – remove Carer Allowance backdating provisions - Budget 2016-17

From 1 January 2017, new claims for Carer Allowance will no longer be backdated. This brings Carer Allowance in line with other social security payments.

Information update: this measure will start on 1 January 2017.

Description of measure

From 1 January 2017, new claims for Carer Allowance will no longer be backdated. This brings Carer Allowance in line with other social security payments.

Currently, payment of Carer Allowance can in some circumstances be backdated up to 12 weeks before the date a claim is lodged or when first contact is made.

Questions and answers

Who is eligible for this measure

New customers who lodge a claim for Carer Allowance on or after 1 January 2017.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 January 2017 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017