The carer supplement is paid as an annual lump-sum payment to assist carers with the costs of caring for a person with a disability or medical condition.
The supplement is not means tested and is not taxable. It is not counted in the income test for family assistance payments.
More than one carer supplement payment can be paid according to eligibility.
Payment of the supplement is made in addition to the following payment types. Eligibility is determined on whether you were receiving any of the following on 1 July of each year:
- Carer Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Wife Pension with Carer Allowance (you can no longer make a new claim for Wife Pension)
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Partner Service Pension with Carer Allowance
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Carer Service Pension
Carer supplement payment rate
The carer supplement is $600 per annum, and is not indexed.
- Carer allowance recipients receive $600 per person under their care
- Carer payment recipients receive $600 each.
- Department of Human Services – carer supplement
- DSS – Carer Supplement – Qualification & Payability
- For detailed information on support for carers generally, see DHS – Payments for carers.
This page was last modified on 7 August 2015