Travel outside Australia

There are rules about when you can get Carer Allowance when you or the person you are caring for travel outside Australia. You must meet the Carer Allowance rules at all times.

How long you get payment for depends on your situation.

If you, or the person getting care, leave Australia to live in another country, your payment will stop when you depart.

If you travel with the person getting care

You’ll get Carer Allowance for 6 weeks if you and the person you care for leave Australia together temporarily.

If you travel without the person getting care

If you leave Australia temporarily without the person you care for, you’ll get Carer Allowance either:

You’ll get it for whichever option happens first.

If the person getting care is your child younger than 16

You’ll get Carer Allowance for the first 6 weeks of your trip if your child stays with your partner.

If the person getting care travels without you

If the person you care for travels overseas without you, you’ll keep getting Carer Allowance until either:

You’ll get it for whichever option happens first.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022