The government has just begun rolling out new one-off payments for carers. If you’re a carer, here’s what you need to know.
There’s good news for eligible people who care for others. If you receive a government carer payment such as a Carer Payment, Carer Allowance or a Veterans’ Department pension, the federal government will automatically pay you a Carer’s Supplement of up to $600 for each eligible person in your care.
You must have received or been approved to receive one of these payments by 1 July this year to be eligible.
The supplement is a one-off payment to help with the costs of caring for a person with a disability, medical condition, or who is aged.
You don’t need to do anything to get the payment. If you’re eligible, the government will pay it into your bank account between 5 July and 2 August 2022.
If you haven’t received your Carer Supplement by early August and you think you’re eligible, you can follow these steps:
Sign into myGov and select Centrelink.
Select Payments and claims, followed by Manage payments and My payments and check to see if we’ve paid you.
Check the bank account details you told Services Australia are correct.
If the payment isn’t showing, call Services Australia's Disability, sickness and carers line.
You'll get the Carer Supplement each year for as long as you remain eligible.
How much you can get
The supplement is up to $600 each year for each eligible payment. You’ll get this amount on top of your regular payment.
You can get the supplement for both of the following:
An eligible income support payment
Each person you get Carer Allowance for.
If you share the care of the person and the other carer is not your partner, you’ll get a part rate of Carer Supplement. How much you get depends on how much care you provide.
How you’re paid
The supplement will go into your nominated bank account in one lump sum each year.
If your payments are income managed, your supplement will be income managed as well.
Information about how to manage your supplement can be found here.
Tax return information
Some government payments you get won’t show on your Centrelink payment summary but you may still need to advise the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
As one example, if you got the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) it won’t show on your Centrelink payment summary but is considered taxable income. You’ll need to report it as income in your tax return, or advise the ATO if you or your partner don’t need to lodge a return.
Read about Centrelink payment summaries to find out:
If your payment will show on your payment summary or not
The self-service options you can use to access it
What happens if your payment changes.