Caring for someone can be a demanding job that doesn't leave you much spare time for other work, and you may need some extra help with finances. There are two types of payments that you may be able to access – Carer Payment and Carer Allowance – to support you to stay in your caring role.
What is a Carer Payment?
The Carer Payment provides an income support payment (similar to a pension) for people who are unable to participate in the paid workforce because they're caring for someone who is frail aged, or who has a severe medical condition or disability.
Visit the Department of Human Services' website to find out how you may be able to access the Carer Payment.
What is a Carer Allowance?
The Carer Allowance provides an income supplement payment for people who provide daily care for someone who is frail aged, or who has a severe medical condition or disability. It can be paid on top of the Carer Payment or an Age Pension, and ensures that carers who have reached retirement age have an income.
Visit the Department of Human Services' website to find out how you may be able to access the Carer Allowance.
What other help is available?
Department of Human Services can also give you information about:
They also provide a free independent financial information service which you can access, even if you're not receiving a pension or benefit.
Carers payments explained
If you care for a family member or a friend, you may experience financial difficulties as you juggle your time between work and caring. You might even be unable to work if the person you care for requires a lot of assistance.