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.

A new Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services is being developed to better recognise, support and sustain the vital work of unpaid carers.

Work has also started on the national carer gateway which will provide access to relevant information, services and support to all carers.

Current programs, services and payments available to 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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