Carers - Payment of One-Off Carer Bonus
The Government will provide a one-off lump sum payment to eligible carers as follows:
- A payment of $1,000 will be made to carers who receive Carer Payment.
- Recipients of Carer Allowance will receive a payment of $600 for each eligible care receiver.
Subject to the passage of legislation, the payment will be automatically made to the majority of eligible carers by 30 June 2005.
These payments are being made in recognition of the contribution of people who provide substantial care for a person with a disability or who is frail aged.
Carer Payment is an income tested income support payment paid to a person with limited income who provides constant care for someone with a disability or who is frail aged.
Carer Allowance is not means tested and is an income supplement paid to people who provide daily care and attention at home to a person with a disability or who is frail aged.
Total Government Funding
$316.9 million over two years.