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.
Rules for the person 16 or older getting care
A care receiver 16 or older must meet these rules for you to get Carer Payment.
Rules for a child younger than 16 getting care
A child younger than 16 must meet these rules for their carer to be eligible for Carer Payment.
Transitional rate of pension
The transitional rate started in 2009. It's for pensioners who would get a lower pension rate if we used the new income test.