Carer payments

Changes have recently been made to the Centrelink eligibility and payments systems for carers. In certain circumstances, new claims can now be back dated for up to 12 weeks. Carers can now back date their application for funds – if a patient needs care due to the acute onset of a medical condition, such as a stroke. There has also been a change in the requirements for carer eligibility for a Centrelink allowance. A claim for a carer allowance can now 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. It is hoped these changes will make a difference to some carers in their application for financial assistance. For more information call Centrelink on 13 27 17.
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Support for Carers
For details on the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs's support for carers and disability programs.
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Centrelink services and programs for carers, including advice, respite and other information.
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Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres offer specialised contact point for carers who need a 'helping hand'. The centres coordinate access to respite services in your local area. There may also be a need for residential respite on a planned or emergency basis to help with carer stress, illness, holidays, or the unavailability of the carer for any reason.
Phone 1800 059 059
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The Commonwealth Carer Resource Centres are located in each State and Territory to act as a centralised contact point to improve a carer’s ability to gain access to information, advice and counselling.
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Carers Australia is the national voice of carers, offering information and advocacy on range of issues. It offers newsletters, fact sheets and access to many other resources.
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