Carer Allowance is a form of payment that is obtained through Centrelink. The allowance is given to the parents (or carer) of children under the age of 6, who has been diagnosed with disabilities such as Autism or medical condition and is being cared for at home. Both the parent/carer and child must live in the same home and must be residents of Australia.
How to apply:
To apply for carer allowance, you must first contact Centrelink and fill out an application. You must have proof of ID for all carers, and also for the child who is being cared for. Once your application is completed, you will need to contact your GP to finalize them. All eligibility is determined by Centrelink themselves. You can learn more about their eligibility requirements in the claim form information booklet. The claims form is available to download on the Centrelink website:
Or you can pick one up at the nearest Centrelink office. Once you fill out the application, you need to register your intent to claim in order to be eligible for back payment upon being approved. The Carer Allowance is currently not means tested.
How much assistance is available to receive?
As of March 2011, Carers are now available to receive up to $110.00/fortnight.
Visit the Centrelink website: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/information/centrelink-website
Specifically, Carer Allowance page: Carer Allowance page
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