Supporting Carers

Almost 2.7 million Australians care for someone with disability, a medical condition, mental illness or someone who is frail due to age.

The Australian Government helps carers remain engaged in the community, participate in the workforce and stay healthy while continuing their caring role through the provision of funding for a range of supports, services and financial assistance.

On 5 March 2018, the Australian Government announced funding of an additional $85.6 million over four years for the introduction of new services for carers. The new services focus on providing carers with access to early-intervention supports that are proven to improve long term outcomes for carers.

These new services form part of the Integrated Carer Support Service. The Integrated Carer Support Service will introduce for carers a range of new tailored supports and services to help manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for the future.

The introduction of the Integrated Carer Support Service is the final stage of the Australian Government’s 2015 commitment to the development of an Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services.

The Plan is being developed to better recognise, support and sustain the vital work of unpaid carers.

The first stage of the Plan was the establishment of Carer Gateway, a national website and phone service to help carers access information and support.

The second stage of the Plan focused on the design of a service delivery model for carer support services through a two year process of working with carers and the sector. This work informed the development of the Integrated Carer Support Service.

Current programs, services and payments available to assist carers are outlined below.

Programs and Services


  • Carer Payment
    Income support payment for people whose caring responsibilities prevent them from undertaking substantial paid employment
  • Carer Allowance
    Income supplement for people who provide daily care and attention at home to a person with disability or a severe medical condition
  • Child Disability Assistance Payment
    Annual payment for Carer Allowance recipients, who care for a child with disability under 16 years
  • Carer Adjustment Payment
    One-off financial assistance to families in exceptional circumstances who do not qualify for Government income support payments.
  • Carer Supplement
    Paid to recipients of Carer Allowance for each person they care for.

Carers may also be eligible for:

To find out more about these payments you can:

See General benefits & payments on our website.

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