Travel outside Australia

We may pay Carer Allowance if you leave Australia for a short time. You must still meet the Carer Allowance rules at all times.

What the rules are

There are rules about when we can and cannot pay you Carer Allowance outside Australia.

We can’t pay you

Your Carer Allowance stops as soon as you, or the person getting care, leave Australia to live in another country.

We can pay you

The rules about how long we can pay you depend on your situation.

If you travel with the person getting care

If you leave Australia temporarily, we can keep paying you for the first 6 weeks of your trip.

If you travel without the person getting care

If you leave Australia temporarily, we can either keep paying you:

We’ll pay you for whichever option happens first.

If the person getting care is your child aged under 16

We’ll pay you for the first 6 weeks of your temporary overseas travel if your child stays with your partner. Your payment will stop on departure if you move overseas permanently.

If the person getting care travels without you

We can keep paying you until they return or you run out of breaks from caring, whichever happens first.

When to tell us about your travel

You need to tell us if you, or the person you care for, leave Australia and any of these apply:

  • either of you are leaving to live in another country
  • either of you will be away for more than 6 weeks
  • you aren’t travelling together.

Otherwise you don’t need to tell us about your travel. The immigration department will tell us when you leave and return.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get information on how your travel could affect your payments and concession cards. You may need to call us to discuss your circumstances further.

Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.

If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by either:

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 17 February 2020