Carer Financial Support

What is the Carer Allowance?
The Carer Allowance is a fortnightly payment paid to carers who provide daily care and attention for an adult who is frail aged or has a disability or severe medical condition.

The Carer Allowance is not subject to the Income and Assets Test and is not taxable. It may be paid in addition to a Carer Payment (see below) or another pension or benefit such as the Aged Pension.

What is the Carer Payment?
The Carer Payment is an income security payment paid to carers who are unable to support themselves through work, as a result of their caring role. People who receive a full or part Carer Payment get the same concessions as other pensioners, including the Health Concession Card.

The Carer Payment is means and assets tested. Not all carers are eligible for the Carer Allowance and/or Carer Payment.

For further information, to find out if you are eligible or to apply for the Carer Allowance or Carer Payment, contact Centrelink: 132 717 or visit their website