The carer allowance is an additional fortnightly payment to carers who provide additional daily care and attention for someone with a disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged.[20 Sept 2018] The allowance is not subject to an assets test. From 20 September 2018 there is a combined adjusted taxable income limit of $250,000.
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 (previously 2 years) for benefits including Family Tax Benefit, Paid Parental Leave and Carers Allowance will apply to migrants. The Assurance of Support requirement applying to family visas is 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 2018-10-04