Income and finance
There are income and financial supports that could be available for people with disability, their families and carers.
Hi, I'm Maya, and today I'll be talking about the area of life that relates to money.
Money is great to have and it takes careful planning to make sure it makes your life better in the right ways.
Let's start with income.
This is the money you earn from work or payments that you get from the government or other people.
It even includes money from disability support and other support that you may need.
When you have a regular income, it can help make your life better and more stable.
There are many types of payments and supports for people with disability, their families and carers.
The Australian Government provides financial support to many people with disability including payments to help with the cost of day-to-day living like rent and bills.
It also helps with services and supports for your disability, finding and keeping a job, or getting an education.
You can find more info about these kinds of payments on the Financial support page.
Tax support is also available.
Tax is the money that we all pay the government.
We all pay it from our income, and the government spends the money on things that we all use and need, like roads, schools and healthcare.
The Australian Taxation Office, or ATO, offers tax support to some people with disability, families and carers.
You might be able to get a tax concession or tax offset, which is a discount on how much tax you need to pay.
Tax rebates are a refund on some of the tax you pay, which you might also get.
You can find out more on the Tax support page.
State and Territory governments offer cards and concessions to people with disability.
These give you a discount on different services, products like doctor's visits and medicine, public transport, gas and electricity bills, and events.
You can learn more about these discounts on the Cards and concessions page.
Family and carers of people with disability can also be financially supported by the Australian Government.
You might get a payment if you're a parent, a carer or a young carer of a person with disability.
You can find out more info about these payments on the Family and carer support page.
Financial support for health is also something that the Australian Government wants to support so people with disability stay healthy.
Information about financial support for health services like doctor's visits and medicine can be found on the Financial support for healthcare page.
Now we have come to managing your money.
When you manage your money, you keep track of how much you have, what payments you get and what you spend your money on.
It's important to manage your money so you can get by in day-to-day life and plan for the future.
Information about how to manage your money, advice over the phone and choosing someone to help manage your money is available on the How to manage money page.
Here are the main types of supports for people with disability in Australia.
Firstly, the National Disability Insurance Scheme supports people with disability.
We call this the NDIS.
And you can visit the NDIS website for more information.
Then there's Centrelink which supports all Australians, including families, older people, carers and people looking for work.
You can visit the Centrelink website to find out more.
We also have the Department of Veterans' Affairs that supports veterans who have served in the military.
We call this department DVA and you can visit the DVA website for more information.
My Aged Care is also there to support older people and you can visit the My Aged Care website to learn more.
Lastly, there's Carer Gateway, which supports families and carers who support someone.
You can also visit the Carer Gateway website to learn more.
If you'd like to know more about how we can assist with income and finance, please contact the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787.
This section provides links to services and information on:
Supports and services you may be eligible for
Supports that could be available for families and carers
Tax rebates you may be eligible for
Free and subsidised health services and treatments
Discounts on various businesses and services
Smart financial planning and habits