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Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment

Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment

Centrelink Carer Allowance is a supplementary payment available to parents or carers who provide daily care and attention for adults and children with a severe disability or medical condition.

Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment may be paid on top of Carer Payment or other payments, such as Age Pension. A claim for Carer Allowance can be based on the assessment of a health professional, without the need for a final diagnosis, if it is evident the person needs personal care and will continue to need it for at least 12 months.

Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment

Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment

Eligibility basics

  • you personally provide constant care in the home for someone with a severe disability, medical condition or who is frail aged
  • you personally provide that care for a significant period, usually a minimum of 6 months
  • you satisfy an income and assets test

 

Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment Eligibility

When applying for Centrelink  Carer Payment, both the carer and the care receiver must meet eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for the carer

The carer must meet the following conditions:

  • personally provide constant care, in the home, to someone with a disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged
  • meet the income and assets tests
  • be living in Australia, and
  • meet residence requirements

A carer who cares for a child under 16 years and receives Carer Payment, generally receives Carer Allowance automatically.

Eligibility for the care receiver

A care receiver 16 years or over must meet the following conditions:

  • require care in their home or in hospital
  • meet an income and assets test unless they receive an eligible pension or benefit paid by Centrelink or an eligible service pension or an income support supplement paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • meet the residence requirements, and either
  • be an adult 16 years or over with a medically assessed physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability, or frail aged, or
  • be an adult 16 years or over with a medically assessed physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability, or frail aged, with a dependent child in their care. If the dependent child is aged 6 or older, the care receiver must qualify for and receive Carer Allowance for that child

A child care receiver under 16 years must meet the following conditions:

  • require care in their home or in hospital
  • meet a combined income and assets test for the child being cared for, the parents and their dependent children. If the child being cared for does not live with a parent or legal guardian, only the income and assets of the child are assessed
  • meet the residence requirements, and either
  • be a child under 16 years with a severe disability or severe medical condition assessed by a treating health professional, or
  • be one of 2 to 4 children under 16 years with disabilities or medical conditions whose combined care needs are equal to that of a single child aged under 16 with a severe disability or severe medical condition, or
  • one of 1 or 2 children and an adult who each have disabilities or medical conditions, whose combined care needs are equal to that of a single child with a severe disability or severe medical condition, or
  • one of 2 or more children under 16 who individually or combined have a severe disabilities or severe medical conditions and are in an exchanged-care arrangement

Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:

  1. register an intent to claim
  2. read the conditions for claiming
  3. complete the claim form
  4. provide supporting documentation
  5. submit your claim here
  6. Centrelink will assess your claim and let you know the outcome

Are you caring for someone who is frail, aged or has a disability? Centrelink can help. For more information on the Centrelink Carer Allowance Payment phone Centrelink on 13 2717 or visit www.humanservices.gov.au.

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