The Government will provide $255 million in 2003–04 for a one-off lump sum payment to eligible carers.
In June 2004:
- A payment of $1,000 will be made to carers in receipt of Carer Payment.
- Recipients of Carer Allowance will receive a payment of $600.
These payments are being made in recognition of the contribution of people who provide substantial care for a person with a disability or the frail aged.
Carer Payment is an income tested income support payment paid to a person with limited other income who provides constant care for someone with a disability.
Carer Allowance is not income tested and is an income supplement paid to people who live with, and provide daily care and attention to, a person (including children) with a disability.
Total Government Funding
$255 million in 2003–04.