Time off to work, study or train

We may still pay you if you spend up to 25 hours a week away from caring.

Work Bonus increase

You have until 31 December 2023 to use your increased Work Bonus balance to offset your employment income. You don’t need to do anything. You’ll see the increase in your balance from 1 December 2022.

This could be to do:

  • paid or self employed work
  • volunteer work
  • study
  • training.

The 25 hours includes travel time. You must still provide care for a significant period each day.

Keep in mind, any income you get from a job can reduce the amount we pay you.

If you have a job you may be able to get Working Credit. It lets you keep more of your income support payment and benefits if you’re working.

Work Bonus

If you’re an eligible pensioner, the Work Bonus can help you keep more of your Carer Payment while you’re working.

Read more about Work Bonus.

Page last updated: 28 November 2022