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:
- for the first 6 weeks of your trip
- until you run out of breaks from caring.
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:
- the social security agreement of the country you’re in includes Carer Payment
- you’re caring for your partner
- your partner is getting Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.
you aren’t getting Carer Payment because you were being paid Wife Pension and Carer Allowance on 19 March 2020.
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:
- 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
- your Carer Payment is through a social security agreement with another country.
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 on the Disability, sickness and carers line 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.
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.
To get your payment or concession card while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules for that payment or concession card.
Page last updated: 17 February 2021
This information was printed 17 June 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/carer-payment/how-manage-your-payment/travel-outside-australia. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.