The carer allowance is a supplementary benefit paid to carers who provide additional daily care and attention for someone with a disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged.
The allowance is not subject to means testing and is not taxable.
The carer allowance is separate from and may be in addition to the carer payment which may be taxable and is means-tested on income and assets.
From 1 July 2018 – extension of waiting period for new migrants: A 3-year waiting period (currently 2 years) for benefits including Family Tax Benefit, Paid Parental Leave and Carers Allowance will apply to migrants. The current 2-year Assurance of Support requirement applying to family visas will also be increased to 3 years.
- See further: New waiting periods for migrants to access social security and family assistance payments
Carer allowance payment rates
The rate of the carer allowance is CPI inflation-adjusted in January each year, and rates may be adjusted in circumstances of shared care.
|In The Year To:||Allowance Per Fortnight|
|31 December 2018||$127.10|
|31 December 2017||$124.70|
|31 December 2016||$123.50|
|31 December 2015||$121.70|
|31 December 2014||$118.20|
|31 December 2013||$115.40|
|31 December 2012||$114.00|
|31 December 2011||$110.00|
Children under 16
- The carer allowance when caring for a child under 16 years is determined as either the fortnightly payment plus a Health Care Card for the child, or just the Health Care Card
- Directly linked and in addition to the carer allowance, is an annual child disability assistance payment of $1,000 per child (non-indexed) when caring for a child with a disability under 16 years old for a period that includes 1 July
- Department of Human Services – Carer allowance
- Department of Human Services – Child Disability Assistance Payment
- For detailed information on support for carers generally, see DHS – Payments for carers.
This page was last modified 2018-01-01