Who can get it
Both the carer and the person they are providing care for need to be eligible.
To check if you’re eligible read the rules that apply to your situation:
- rules for carers
- rules for an adult getting care - 16 or older
- rules for a child younger than 16 getting care.
The carer and the care receiver must both meet:
We use medical reports to verify care needs. Health Professionals who treat the person you are providing care for must complete these. In some cases we may use an existing medical report. To find out if you need a new medical report either:
If you’ve recently arrived in Australia you may need to wait to get this payment.
A care receiver 16 or older must meet these rules for you to get Carer Payment.
A child younger than 16 must meet these rules for their carer to be eligible for Carer Payment.
The transitional rate started in 2009. It's for pensioners who would get a lower pension rate if we used the new income test.
There are different rates of Carer Payment for single and partnered people.
Page last updated: 24 February 2021
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