The Department of Social Services review payment rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.
Read about how your relationship status can affect your payment rate.
|Pension rates per fortnight||Single||Couple each||Couple combined||Couple each separated due to ill health|
|Maximum basic rate||$900.80||$679.00||$1,358||$900.80|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$72.70||$54.80||$109.60||$72.70|
If you or the person you care for are Age Pension age, your Carer Payment is a taxable Centrelink payment. Read about paying tax on your payment.
If you’re a member of a couple, it can affect what payments you can get and your payment rate.
You may get part of your income support payment or Family Tax Benefit (Part A) early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
Some people can get income support payments paid each week instead of each fortnight.