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 click here

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) click here For more information about payments when you care for a child (under 16 years) click here

Carer Associations are located in each State and Territory. They can provide carer-related information, support and advice to carers, including assistance through a 1800 network. These centres also arrange professional counselling for carers through the National Carer Counselling Program. For more information phone your local Carer Association on 1800 242 636.

Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres provide a single contact point for detailed information on local respite services and help carers get the respite that meets their individual needs. Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres can be contacted on 1800 059 059.