Carer benefits

Carer Payment provides income support to people who, because of the demands of their caring role, are unable to support themselves through paid employment. Carer Payment is income- and assets-tested and paid at the same rate as the age pension. It can be paid to a person providing constant care to a person with a disability.

Abuse of Centrelink payments is sometimes discovered or suspected by services that deal with financial abuse of older people. An adult child may be claiming a Carer Payment without providing adequate care.