Carer Allowance - Backdating Provisions 

What's New?

Backdating provisions for Carer Allowance will be standardised to allow for a maximum period to be claimed of 12 weeks prior to the claim lodgement date by carers of both adults and children. This will remove inequities in the current arrangements and avoid confusion about the different backdating rules that currently exist.


Carer Allowance is a supplementary payment available to people who provide daily care and attention, in a private home, to an adult or child with a disability or severe medical condition. Currently Carer Allowance payments to carers of children under 16 years of age can be backdated for up to 52 weeks while payments to carers of adults can be backdated for a period of up to 26 weeks.

Most claims for social security payments cannot be backdated. The measure retains a generous backdating period of 12 weeks, and applies this equitably to all Carer Allowance claimants, regardless of the care receiver's age. Current assessment methods are based on functional ability or care needs. As a result, eligibility for Carer Allowance can be established quickly, which removes the need for long backdating periods.


1 July 2006.

Total Financial Impact

Net saving of $107.6 million over four years.

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