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This information has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

The Carer Payment provides income support to carers who, because of the demands of their caring role, are unable to support themselves through substantial paid work. The Carer Payment is income and assets tested and paid at the same rate as other social security pensions. Some changes to the Carer Payment will take place from 1 July 2009.

The most important change is to the way qualification for Carer Payment is assessed. The new method that will be used from 1 July 2009 looks at the carer’s total care load.

Other changes include:

  • recognising more situations when carers will receive the payment, such as caring for:
    • one child with a medical condition
    • two or more children with one or more medical conditions
  • the payment will be available to eligible carers who are looking after a person for a short period of time, that is at least three months, but less than six months
  • automatic Carer Allowance for carers who qualify for Carer Payment
  • a wider range of health professionals to complete medical forms

Further information

For information about rates, other available assistance or your potential eligibility you can:

  • visit the payment page on Centrelink’s website
  • telephone Centrelink on 13 27 17 or for TTY service 1800 810 586
  • visit your nearest Centrelink office.

Do you have feedback about these changes?

If so, you can email the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs at or write to the address below. All feedback will be acknowledged and considered in their review of Carer Payment over the next 12 months.

FaHCSIA – Carer Reform Implementation
PO Box 7576
Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610

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