(‘we’ refers to department of human services. )
Information for carers : We offer payments to people who care for someone.
1. Carer Payment
To get this payment you and the person you provide care for must be under the income and assets test limits.
· give constant, daily care to someone who has severe disability, or severe illness, or who is frail aged
· care for them in a private home for at least six months
· not work or study for more than 25 hours a week
· not be on another income support payment.
2. Carer Allowance
To get this allowance you must give extra daily care at home to:
· a child aged under 16 who has a disability or serious illness and lives with you
· two or more children aged under 16 living with you whose care needs add up to the same as one eligible child, or
· someone aged 16 or older who has a disability, or serious illness, or is frail aged.
3. Carer Supplement
A payment for those who get an eligible payment to provide care for a person with a disability or medical condition. It's paid once a year.
4. Carer Adjustment Payment
To get this one-off payment, you must:
· give full-time care to a child under 7 who has a severe illness, medical condition, or major disability following a catastrophic event
· care for them for at least 2 months
· get Carer Allowance for the child
· make sure you and your partner are not eligible for Carer Payment or other income support payments, and
· have a very strong need for financial help straight after the catastrophic event.
Residence rules for carers
On the day you claim, both you and the person you provide care for must be:
· Australian residents, and
· in Australia.
5. Change of circumstances
You need to tell us within 14 days about any changes because your payment could change. If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud.
You must tell us if you:
· stop providing care
· start sharing the care with someone else
· marry, or start or stop living with your partner
· start getting more income
· increase your assets or your investments change
· move house
· go to live outside Australia
· go overseas for a holiday, or
· start doing more work or study.
You must tell us if the person you provide care for:
· needs less care
· is in someone else’s care
· goes into respite care or hospital
· stops being a dependent child
· starts getting support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme
· goes to live outside Australia
· goes overseas for a holiday, or
6. Claiming carer payments
If you have a Centrelink online account, you can claim Carer Payment, Carer Allowance or both online.