For Carers of Children with Autism under 16 years of age
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Details on Centrelink‘s website.
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.