It’s that time of year again when my inbox starts filling with questions about Family Tax Benefit Supplements and Carer Bonus Payments.
In short, yes, there is still a $600 Carer Supplement payment being paid this financial year.
Also, the $1,000 Child Disability Assistance Payment is available to eligible carers.
Will I get a $600 Carer Supplement?
To be eligible, you must be receiving a qualifying payment on 1 July, 2013. These are:
All Carer Allowance recipients will receive a Carer Supplement up to $600 for each eligible person in their care. Some carers will receive two or more Carer Supplements, and those receiving a part-rate of Carer Allowance under shared-care arrangements will receive a proportion of the Carer Supplement.
Eligible recipients of Carer Payment, Wife Pension (Age), Wife Pension (DSP), Department of Veterans’ Affairs Carer Service Pension, and Department of Veterans’ Affairs partner service pension receive $600.
You do not need to apply. The Carer Supplement is usually paid automatically as a lump sum to carer’s who receive a qualifying payment for a period that includes 1 July.
Note that this year, Centrelink have announced even if your payment for that date period is reduced to nil because of earnings, you will still qualify for the Carer Supplement payment, provided you are otherwise receiving an eligible income-support payment.
$1,000 Child Disability Assistance payment
To be eligible for Child Disability Assistance Payment, you must have been paid Carer Allowance for a child under 16 years for a period that includes 1 July. This also includes Carer Allowance backdated to include 1 July.
Carer Allowance (child) recipients will receive a Child Disability Assistance Payment of up to $1,000 for each child in their care.
Eligibility for Child Disability Assistance Payment is independent of eligibility for the Carer Supplement. You can receive both.
If you receive a part rate of Carer Allowance under shared-care arrangements will receive part of the Child Disability Assistance Payment.
This payment is also paid automatically if you qualify.
Health Care Cards:
Having a Carer Allowance Health Care Card only does not meet the requirements for either of these payments. You must actually receive an instalment of the eligible payment to receive the Carer Supplement and/or Child Disability Assistance Payment.
You can contact Centrelink’s Disability and Carers line on 132 717 for more information or to talk to someone about your personal situation.