Carer bonus payments

Waren would like to know if he will receive a carer bonus payment this year.

Carer bonus payments

YOURLifeChoices member Waren would like to know if he will be receiving a carer bonus payment this year.

Q. Waren
Is there a bonus payment this year for pensioners who are carers and if so, how much and when please?

A. Carer Supplements will be paid in July this year and are as follows: 

  • those on the Carer Pension will receive $600 with their first regular payment after 1 July
  • those on the Carer Allowance will receive $600 for each eligible person in their care, with their first regular payment after 1 July

If you receive both the Carer Pension and the Carer Allowance, you will receive $1200 if you care for one eligible person, $1800 if you care for two eligible people, etc.

It should also be noted that from 1 July 2013, carers whose payments have been reduced to nil because of income, can now qualify for the Carer Supplement.  To find out more about the Carer Supplement, visit HumanServices.gov.au.



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    Nan Norma
    26th Jun 2013
    5:33pm
    This carer payment annoys me. Sorry I don't mean for the honest genuine carers. But I know one so called carer and her husband. There is absolutly nothing wrong with him. They have been playing this game for years.
    HOLA
    27th Jun 2013
    8:28am
    I know someone who does the same thing. I refused to take the carers payment when nursing my husband, until his demise.The paperwork involved was pathetic, as Centrelink already had all our information on their computers. Why go through all that again? And lets face it, the weekly payment was chicken feed.
    Nan Norma
    27th Jun 2013
    5:43pm
    Hola, Maybe you should have taken it. You probable earned it. The paper work maybe pathetic but it needs to be to try to stop the cheats. But it seems it can be easy to convince a psychiatrist that you're mentally ill and centrelink can't refute it.
    Innyoo
    26th Jun 2013
    10:35pm
    Did not know there was a carer allowance. that would be really helpful with my husband on a low income and me looking after my parents in their 90's. can't get a carer pension because we own some of the land that my brother farms ...
    Nan Norma
    27th Jun 2013
    5:48pm
    You should be able to get the allowence. You get the pension if you would otherwise be able to have a job. Pity you'll miss out of the bonus this time.
    harry
    27th Jun 2013
    3:59pm
    hi my husband is on a disabilty pension . I am on a carers pension and also get a carers allowance , how much cares payment will I get in july thank y
    PJ
    28th Jun 2013
    5:03pm
    My husband & I are on age pensions. My husband is my carer & he gets the $600 carers bonus. My husband used to be on a carers pension & then Centrelink changed him to the age pension. Since this happened his carers bonus was dropped from $1200 to $600. Our monies are still the same. Can someone please tell me why the differance in the carers bonus from the $1200 to $600 when our living standards & finances have not changed.
    Nan Norma
    28th Jun 2013
    5:41pm
    Not knowing all your situation I will guess that becaue your husband was of working age and couldn't work because he was caring for you he recieved $1200. Now he's on an aged pension he's not considered to be able to work anyway so he only gets $600.
    PJ
    28th Jun 2013
    6:06pm
    Thankyou Nan for your comment. My husband was on a disabilty pension at the time & then very unfortunately I became very ill & Centrelink put him on the carers pension. As soon as he became of age pension they just transferred him to this payment. We just received a letter stating he was now on the age pension. We have been told we can apply again for the carers pension which means rheams of paper work again. Yes we can do this but I am just curious as to why there are two types of carers bonus's when ones financial living stays the same. We appreciate the bonus we receive but it just seem strange to me the changes in payments.
    Nan Norma
    28th Jun 2013
    6:38pm
    PJ, Some people have had no choice but to stop work to care for someone. So they are then losing a wage. Your husband was very lucky to be getting the $600 when he was on already on a disability pension, so couldn't work anyway. When he reached pension age he wasn't considered to be losing a wage. Most aged pensioners aren't getting a bonus and are caring for their partner, or even a parent. So I think you should concider yourself lucky to get the $600.
    Fair Go
    28th Jun 2013
    11:34pm
    Carers pensions can be a rort. I am an aged pensioner and know personally of two people who have carers (family), and oh boy, if Centrelink knew how much these sick people could do! Sometimes the carer seems in a worse state than the cared for person. One wonders how they get it in the first place. I wouldn't mind a bonus every year.
    Nan Norma
    29th Jun 2013
    11:32am
    fair go. That is my beef. Centrelink needs to be more vigilant. Like you, I know someone personally who is claiming to be her husband's carer. He should be given an oscar for acting. Not only that they're making a lot of money on the side that they declare to centrelink.
    PJ
    29th Jun 2013
    4:09pm
    I agree with you Fair Go 100% there are many people giving false statements to claim centrelink payments. I know & see it myself. Believe me though, you would not want the bonus if it meant you were genuine & very ill & disabled. No amount of money can be better than for one to be able to get up & live a normal independant way of life. Nana I do not consider myself to be lucky to get $600. No amount of monies can make one happy or live a free natural life when one lives with a disability & chronic pain 24-7 . I hate being like I am and so grateful to have a wonderful husband who cares for me when he also has problems. Here in Australia yes, we are lucky to get some financial help from the government for which we are most grateful. It has been a God send for us for some of the medications that are so expensive & one can not get on the cheaper list.
    Nan Norma
    29th Jun 2013
    5:58pm
    Should have read, that they DON"T declare to centrelink.
    Nan Norma
    29th Jun 2013
    6:06pm
    PJ, I'm not denying what you say. Of course you'd rather not be in a position to need it, but remember the bonus wasn't available not so long ago, so you, and anyone else who receives are lucky it is there for you now. At least you are genuinely ill and not rorting the system.
    PJ
    29th Jun 2013
    7:36pm
    Hi Nan thanks again for your reply. I realized you meant DON"T declare to centrelink.
    As I said above we are most grateful for this bonus & yes I see people rorting the system which makes me furious as there are ones out there that really & honestly need help.
    Take care & have a good weekend.
    Nan Norma
    29th Jun 2013
    9:19pm
    PJ When people pretend to be mentally ill to get a disability pension and their wife the carer pension, and then do business on the side, it is not only rorting the system, but when found out, it makes it all the harder for people that are genuinely mentally ill. It also put you in a difficult situation of not knowing what to do with the information you have.Yes PJ. I hope you can find pleasures in life. Take care too.
    randy112
    24th Jul 2015
    10:45pm
    Gives you something to look forward to, I think these kind of incentive is something I should adopt in my work. Writing about the Kernel_Data_Inpage_Error and the various other errors, can only get me so far in my line of work. I need some way of duplicate them process or if anything, multiplying it, with the help of others.


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