National - Family and carer support

Visit the Centrelink Payment and Service Finder to see what payments and other financial support you may be able to get.

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Payments for parents

Child Disability Assistance Payment

This is an annual payment to help with the cost of caring for a child with disability. You might be able to get the payment if you get a Carer Allowance. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for a Child Disability Assistance Payment

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

This scheme provides a payment to help with the extra study costs for your children. You might be able to get this payment if your children can’t go to a state or public school because they live in an isolated area, have disability or have special health needs. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

Payments for carers

Carer Payment

This payment provides income support if you can’t work because you care for someone. You might be able to get this payment if you provide constant care in a private home for someone with a severe disability or severe medical condition or who is frail and elderly, and if you aren’t away from them for more than 25 hours a week to work. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for a Carer Payment

Carer Allowance

This allowance provides an income supplement for carers or parents who provide daily care for an adult or dependent child or children. You may be able to get this payment if you care for someone with disability or a medical condition, or a frail older person, and if you also work or study. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for a Carer Allowance

Carer Supplement

This supplement is a yearly payment to help with the cost of caring for a person. You might be able to get this payment if you get a Carer Payment or a Carer Allowance. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for a Carer Supplement

Carer Adjustment Payment

This is a one-off payment to families who can’t get other income support when the family is going through significant adjustment because of the care needs of a child. You might be able to get this payment if you care for a child aged under 7 years who has recently been diagnosed with severe disability or a severe medical condition. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for a Carer Adjustment Payment

Payments for young carers

Young Carer Bursary Program

This is financial help to reduce your need to have a part-time job if you are studying or training and taking care of someone. You might be able to get this payment if you are aged 12–25 years or under, in high school, or at university or TAFE. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for the Young Carer Bursary Program

NDIS supports

Local Area Coordinators (LACs)

If you are aged 7 and above, Local Area Coordinators (LACs) can link you to the NDIS and to mainstream and community supports in your area. You can ask your LAC about the supports available in your community, even if you're not eligible for an NDIS support plan. Find out more about how a Local Area Coordinator may be able to assist you