Caring for a child with disability

If you care for a child with disability, there’s support and payments available to help you.

What payments you can get

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme can help you if your child can’t attend their local government school. This may be due to disability, special needs or because they’re in an isolated area.

Family Tax Benefit is a 2-part payment that helps with the cost of raising children.

Child Care Subsidy provides assistance to help you with the costs of child care. 

If you already get a payment

Carer Supplement is an annual payment. It helps cover costs when caring for someone with disability or a medical condition. You’ll get Carer Supplement if you get Carer Payment or Carer Allowance for a period that includes 1 July.

Child Disability Assistance Payment is an annual payment if you get Carer Allowance. You’re eligible if both of the following apply. You:

  • got Carer Allowance for a period that includes 1 July
  • provided care for a child with disability or severe medical condition.

Your child will get a Health Care Card if you get Carer Payment or Carer Allowance. This is a concession card and can help you get cheaper health care, such as medicines and medical appointments.

We also grant principal carers temporary exemptions from mutual obligation requirements in some family situations. This includes caring for a child with disability or a medical condition.

If you need other support as a carer

There are other sources of support available to help you if you care for a child with disability.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS helps people with disability to get work and participate in the community. Read more on the NDIS website.

The NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach supports children aged 0 to 6 who have disability or a developmental delay. Read more about help for children under 7 on the NDIS website.

The Raising Children Network website has more information and support about raising children with disability.

Respite care

Read more about respite care for children with disability on the Raising Children Network website.

What tasks you can do online

If you’re getting Carer Payment, you can use your Centrelink online account through myGov to report your employment income.

If you’re getting Carer Payment or Carer Allowance, you can use your Centrelink online account through myGov to:

Page last updated: 10 December 2021