Carer Payment

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.

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.

Further information



This page was last modified 2017-12-20