Rules for carers

You must meet these rules to get Carer Payment as a carer.

Care needs

You must be providing constant care in the home of 1 of the following:

  • someone who has a severe disability or severe illness
  • someone who is frail aged
  • 2 to 4 children younger than 16 whose needs equal 1 child with severe needs
  • 1 or 2 children younger than 16 and 1 adult whose needs equal 1 child with severe needs.

Transfer from Wife Pension

There’s different rules if you transferred to Carer Payment on 20 March 2020 because you were getting both:

  • Wife Pension
  • payment level Carer Allowance.

You’ll keep getting Carer Payment as long as there’s no break in your eligibility for payment level Carer Allowance. You must also either:

Page last updated: 3 March 2022