To get this payment you and the person you care for need to meet some rules. You need to both:
We need to know about the care you give. The care you give needs to be constant. This means it takes up a large amount of time in your day and stops you from working full time.
You can care for one or more people, in your house, their home or in hospital. The care can include:
- physical help, such as needing to be lifted or help to get dressed
- guidance, such as support shopping and taking the right medication
- supervision, to support independence and safety.
We’ll also ask you about the person you care for and their disability or medical condition. Read more about the rules for the person you care for.
If you care for more than 1 person, read about caring for multiple people.
As part of your claim we’ll ask you how you care for them. The treating doctor of the person you care for will need to complete a medical form. In some cases we may be able to use existing medical information we have. Start your claim and we’ll tell you if we need an updated medical form.
Your rate of Carer Payment depends on what you get paid and own. The person you provide care for also has to have income and assets under certain limits.
The person you care for must meet rules for you to get Carer Payment.
When you care for multiple people there are different rules for Carer Payment