Who can get it
Both the carer and the person they are providing care for need to be eligible.
A care receiver 16 years or older must meet these rules for you to get Carer Payment.
A child under 16 must meet these rules for their carer to be eligible for Carer Payment.
If you've recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait to get payments or concession cards.
We use medical reports to check if we can pay you Carer Payment. Health professionals who treat the person you are providing care for must complete these reports.
The transitional rate started in 2009. It's for pensioners who would get a lower rate if we used the new income test.
There are different rates of Carer Payment for single people and couples.
Page last updated: 13 November 2019
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