Carers' payments

  • Find out about the different payments and benefits for carers.
  • Carer's Allowance is a weekly social welfare payment to people who are caring for a person who needs support because of their age, disability or illness (including mental illness).

  • Half-rate Carer's Allowance is payable with certain other social welfare payments provided you meet the qualifying criteria. Find out how to qualify for half-rate Carer's Allowance.

  • Carer's Benefit is a social insurance payment made to someone who gives up work or reduces their hours to care for person in need of full time care.

  • Carer's Support Grant is a cash payment to carers. It used to be called the Respite Care Grant.

  • A Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made to the carer of a child with a severe disability who lives at home. Find out more.
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