Carer Payment

Carer Payment provides income support to people who, because of the demands of their caring role, are unable to support themselves through substantial paid employment.  Carer Payment is income and assets tested and paid at the same rate as other social security pensions.

To be eligible for Carer Payment a claimant must:

  • be providing constant care in the home of the person(s) being cared for,
  • and the person being cared for must be an Australian resident and either;
    • a person who has a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability, or
    • an adult who has a dependent child in their care.  If the dependent child is aged six years or over, a person must qualify for and receive Carer Allowance for that child, or
    • a child with a severe disability, or a severe medical condition, or
    • two or more children with disability, or medical condition, or
    • a disabled adult and one or more children each with a disability or medical condition, or
    • a child with severe disability or severe medical condition on a short-term or episodic basis, or
    • a profoundly disabled child or a disabled child (saved pre 1 July 2009).

Parents exchanging care of two or more children each with severe disability or severe medical condition or disability or medical condition, under a parenting plan.

A person who receives Carer Payment for a child may automatically be entitled to Carer Allowance.

To find out more about Carer Payment and your eligibility for this payment:

  • visit your nearest Centrelink office
  • telephone 132 717, or
  • visit the Benefits and Payments page or visit Centrelink's website.
Content Updated: 18 May 2012