Carer Allowance is a payment available through centrelink for the parents or carers of a child under the age of 16, who has a disability or a severe medical condition, and is cared for at home. Both the carer and the child must live in the same home and also be residents of Australia.
How do I apply?
You will need to contact centrelink and fill out an application form in order to apply. You need to provide proof of identity for all carers, as well as the child being cared for. Once you have completed the forms, you will need to contact your GP in order to finalise them. Eligibility is determined by centrelink.
Centrelink has provided a claim form information booklet for further information. You can also download a Claims form from the centrelink website or visit your nearest centrelink office. You will need to register your intent to claim Carer Allowance in order to be eligible for back payment if approved.
Carer Allowance is currently not means tested.
How much assistance can I get?
Carers who are found to be eligible for Carer Allowance can receive up to a maximum of $110.00 per fortnight per child as at 20th March 2011.
Where can I get more information?
For more information, please consult the Centrelink website, Carer Allowance page.