Centrelink Payments (Australia)

CENTRELINK PAYMENTS
For Carers of Children with Autism under 16 years of age

Carer Allowance

  • Non-means-tested payments for parents or carers providing additional daily care to an adult or dependent child with a disability or medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged. Having a child diagnosed with Autism, and verified by a health professional, fits the eligibility criteria.
  • $118.20 per fortnight and a Health Care Card for the child – for each child diagnosed.

Carer Payment

  • Means tested payment with fairly intense paperwork for both parents and health professionals.
  • Carer receives a Pension Card, which entitles all people listed (can include spouse and all children) to cheaper prescriptions, and other discounts (eg these in Qld).
  • Payment rates are listed in Centrelink’s website.

Carer Adjustment Payment

  • A once-only payment following a catastrophic event when a child under age 7 is diagnosed with a severe illness, medical condition or major disability.
  • Must be eligible for Carer Allowance but not Carer Payment, paperwork is intense, and the number of successful applications is low.
  • Payment is up to $10,000 but individually assessed.
  • Eligibility on Centrelink website.

Carer Supplement

  • No need to apply – this is an automatic payment of $600 per person who is in receipt of Carer Allowance or Carer Payment on 1 July each year, and is usually paid in their first fortnightly payment in July.

Child Disability Assistance Payment

  • No need to apply – this is an automatic payment of $1,000 per person who is in receipt of Carer Allowance on 1 July each year, and is usually paid in their first fortnightly payment in July.

Family Tax Benefit Parts A and B

Health Care Card

  • No need to apply separately – it is provided once application for Carer Allowance/Carer Payment has been approved.
  • Cheaper prescriptions under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – $6 per script.
  • Other concessions as outlined on the Centrelink website.
  • Can be used to apply for a Carer Business Discount Card in Qld.

Assistance for Isolated Children

  • Non-means tested payment of up to $3,833 per year, to help students who cannot go to an appropriate state school because of geographical isolation, disability or special health needs. Many homeschooling or distance-education families receive this payment due to the extreme anxiety their children with ASD experience in mainstream schools.
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