The carer payment is an income support payment for people who personally provide constant care in the home of someone with a severe disability, illness, or who is frail aged for a significant period (usually taken to be at least 6 months).
The carer payment is subject to an income and assets test.
Where both the carer and care receiver are under Age Pension age, the carer payment is not taxable.
[news Feb 2019]
“Proof of life” to be required of overseas pension recipients
From 1 July 2019 pensioners aged 80 and over living permanently overseas will need to return a “proof of life” certificate within 13 weeks to avoid having payment suspended, or full cancellation after 26 weeks.
The measures are designed to ensure that payments are only made to pensioners who are still alive and will be required every 2 years.
Payments affected include the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Widow B Pension and Carer Payments.
For progress of legislation see Social Services Legislation Amendment (Overseas Welfare Recipients Integrity Program) Bill 2019
New Residents Waiting Period
From 1 January 2019 the waiting period for newly arrived residents to receive a range of benefits has been extended. The new waiting periods will apply generally to visas granted on or after 1 January 2019.
Examples of adjusted waiting periods include:
|Benefit||Visa on or after 1 Jan 2019||Before 1 Jan 2019|
|Commonwealth Seniors Health Card||waiting period 4 years||2 years|
|Low Income Health Care Card||4 years||2 years|
|Parenting Payments||4 years||2 years|
|Carer Payments||2 years||2 years|
|Dad and Partner Pay||2 years||no waiting period|
|Parental Leave Pay||2 years||no waiting period|
|Family Tax Benefit Part A||1 year||no waiting period|
|Family Tax Benefit Part B||no waiting period||no waiting period|
Carer payment rates
The Basic payment rate is aligned with the Age Pension and is inflation-adjusted on 20 March and 20 September of each year.
- DHS – Carer payments
- For information on additional support for carers more generally, see DHS – Payments for carers.
- Centrelink payment rates
This page was last modified 2019-02-14