Carer Payments

The Carer Payment is a payment for carers who, because of the demands of their caring role, are unable to support themselves through substantial participation in the workforce.

Carer Allowance is a supplementary payment available to parents or carers who provide daily care and attention for adults and children with a severe disability or medical condition. Carer Allowance may be paid on top of Carer Payment or other payments, such as Age Pension. A claim for Carer Allowance can be based on the assessment of a health professional, without the need for a final diagnosis, if it is evident the person needs personal care and will continue to need it for at least 12 months.

From 1 July 2006, legislative changes came into effect that enable new claims for Carer Allowance to be backdated for up to 12 weeks from the date a carer advises Centrelink they intend to claim the payment. The backdating provisions for carers of adults are only available if the care needs are due to the acute onset of a medical condition, such as a stroke. For more information about payments when you care for an adult (16 years and over) or child (under 16 years) visit

Are you caring for someone who is frail, aged or has a disability? Centrelink can help. For more information phone Centrelink on 13 2717 or visit

Grandparents and informal carers falling through support gaps

Advocates say informal kinship carers need more support and resources.

What is the Carer Allowance and who can get it?

If you give daily care to somebody in need, you may be eligible for the Carer Allowance.

How much can you earn while receiving a carer’s payment?

Kevin wants to know what the rules are regarding work and carers' payments.

Centrelink Q&A: Will I be eligible for the work bonus?

Joe receives a carer's payment and wants to know if he can work without losing any money.

Centrelink Q&A: Which pension should you choose?

Barbara is unsure whether she is better off with the carer's pension or the Age Pension.

Is my friend, and carer, eligible for a carer’s allowance?

John wants to know what benefits his friend is entitled to for caring for him.

How to know if you qualify for the carer’s allowance

Rosario is caring for a husband with dementia and wants to know if she can be compensated.

Winners and losers from Centrelink’s July changes

Centrelink is scrapping one payment, refusing to backdate another: are you affected?

Carer relationship determines size of payment

The type of relationship you have with your carer will decide what they are paid.

Do I get a $600 bonus?

James wants to know if he should be getting a bi-annual bonus from Centrelink.

Annual Carers’ Supplement

Will the Carer's Supplement be paid this year and if so, when?

Carer bonus payments

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

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