Travel outside Australia

We may pay Carer Payment if you leave Australia for a short time. You must keep meeting Carer Payment rules at all times.

What the rules are

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

When we can’t pay you

Your Carer Payment stops as soon as you, or the person you provide care for, leave Australia to live in another country.

When we can pay you

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

If you travel with the person you provide care for

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

If you travel without the person you provide care for

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

We’ll pay you for whichever option happens first.

If you go to a country that has a social security agreement with Australia

We can pay you for longer under certain circumstances. For us to do this, all of the following must also apply:

If you’re studying overseas

If your study is part of a full time Australian course, we can pay you for more than 6 weeks. You must still meet the caring rules.

If the person you provide care for travels without you

If the person you provide care for leaves Australia temporarily, we can either keep paying you:

  • until they return
  • until you run out of respite days, 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:

Otherwise you don’t need to tell us. 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:

When you leave

How much we can pay you while you’re outside Australia depends on how long you’re away.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

If you leave Australia temporarily for less than 6 weeks

Your payment normally won’t change.

If you leave Australia temporarily for more than 6 weeks

Usually we stop paying you after 6 weeks.

If we can keep paying you after 6 weeks, you'll get an outside Australia rate. Your Energy Supplement will stop after the first 6 weeks.

You may need to claim Carer Payment when you return to Australia. This applies if your Carer Payment has been cancelled while overseas.

Your Carer Payment will cancel if any of the following apply:

  • you remain overseas for 13 weeks after your payment stopped
  • you run out of breaks from caring
  • you get Carer Payment because you were getting Wife Pension and Carer Allowance on 19 March 2020.

Page last updated: 20 March 2020