On the day you claim, both the carer and the person getting care must meet these rules.
They must both be:
- Australian residents
- in Australia.
Newly arrived residents generally have to wait 1 year before getting this payment, with some exemptions.
To keep getting Carer Allowance
To keep getting Carer Allowance you must both continue to be Australian residents.
You usually need to be an Australian resident to get a payment from us. We explain how we define an Australian resident.
Page last updated: 14 November 2019
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