How much you can get

There are different rates of Carer Payment for single and partnered people.

The Department of Social Services review payment rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

The pension rates for a couple in the following table apply when you and your partner get Carer Payment, Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.

Pension rates per fortnightSingleCouple eachCouple combinedCouple each separated due to ill health
Maximum basic rate$1,020.60$769.30$1,538.60$1,020.60
Maximum Pension Supplement$81.60$61.50$123.00$81.60
Energy Supplement$14.10$10.60$21.20$14.10

Read about how your relationship changes can affect your payment rate.

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.

Page last updated: 20 March 2024.
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