Payments for Carers
Informal carers provide $60.3 billion of unpaid care each year, according to a Deloitte Access Economics Report.
Though the money doesn’t come close to covering the full cost of the care you provide, there are some payments for carers that can help to ease life a bit.
Depending on how much care you provide, you might be eligible for certain types of financial support.
The Carer Payment is an income support payment for carers who provide constant care to someone with a severe disability or illness, or who is frail and aged.
To be eligible for this payment, both you and the person you care for need to meet certain conditions. If you’re eligible, you can apply for the payment online. You’ll need to supply certain documents to support your claim, such as medical reports, financial information, and proof of Australian residency.
This Carer Allowance is a fortnightly supplement if you give additional daily care to someone who has a disability, serious illness, or is frail aged.
Again, there are certain eligibility conditions that you and the person you’re caring for must meet. You can apply online here and will need to supply documents about your finances, Australian residency and the medical needs of the person you care for.
If you’re getting a Carer Payment or a Carer Allowance, you may also be eligible for the Carer Supplement. This is paid yearly if you care for someone with a disability or serious illness and are receiving certain payments. The government calculates it and sends it to you automatically each year; you don’t need to apply.
You get a fixed payment of $600 per year for:
- An eligible income support payment you receive (e.g. the Carer Payment or Carer Allowance)
- Each person you get the Carer Allowance for.
That means you may qualify for more than one payment of $600.