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Carer Allowance is a supplementary payment for parents or carers who provide additional daily care to an adult or dependent child who has a disability or medical condition or is frail aged.
Carer Allowance is not subject to an income and assets test and is not taxable. It can be paid in addition to other income support payments such as Carer Payment or Age Pension.
Disability Support Pension
Disability Support Pension provides financial support to people who have a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that stops them from working or who are permanently blind.
You may be able to get Disability Support Pension if you have a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that stops you from working or being retrained for work within the next two years, or if you are permanently blind. You also have to be an Australian resident and meet other eligibility criteria. The Disability Support Pension is income and assets tested, unless you receive a Disability Support Pension because you are permanently blind.
If you are eligible, you may receive a fortnightly Disability Support Pension, along with other benefits, including a Pensioner Concession Card. If you start working again, you may still receive Disability Support Pension, depending on the hours you work for and how much you earn.
Carer Payment provides financial support if you are unable to work in substantial paid employment because you are providing full-time daily care to someone with a severe disability or medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged.
The following document contains important information you need to know before you lodge your claim for Carer Payment and/or Carer Allowance:
* Information you need to know about your claim for Carer Allowance/Carer Payment booklet.
For more information, you can also download the Caring for someone? booklet.
You may be eligible for Carer Payment if you are caring for a child aged less than 16 who has a severe disability or medical condition, or if you are looking after someone over 16 who has a severe disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged.
Carer Payment is subject to an income and assets test and is paid at the same rate as other income-support payments. You cannot receive Carer Payment and another income support payment, such as Age Pension, at the same time. Residential criteria also apply.
Warning Centrelink did not tell me that two separate application had to be filled in. 1. I went for a Carer pension and assume that Eila would be granted some sort of pension/payment as we were a couple and I had tick the married box on the application. Much to my surprise when the Centrelink lady remarked on my third appointment that I should get Eila to apply for a pension. I said I had ticked the box for her and had provided all the financial and health certificates requires(three trips). No Thats not right. A new application had to filled out, same info but tick a different box for the benefit.Eight weeks later I received my first carers pension with back pay. Eilas followed 3 weeks later with back pay. It took 6 months in my situation before a got my full legal entitlement. It depends on your assets assessment and getting all that is required. 2. Eila emigrated to Australia 35 years ago. With pensions that have a spouse worked overseas or home country you may be required to fill out another set of forms of those countries as they may have a obligation to pay the pension (full or part) and your Australia pension will be affected. We received the forms and Eila had to try and remember where she had work from the time she left school till she emigrated to Australia. Took the form up for a interview (one and a half hours). If you did not fill the form out your spouse pension gets stopped and you have to reapply from the start. Fill the forms