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Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail. More than one in eight Australians provide care of this kind. Carers Australia and the network of carers associations in each state and territory's purpose is to improve the lives of carers. Together we provide important services like counselling, advice, advocacy, education and training. We also promote the recognition of carers to governments, businesses and the wider public.
Carer Allowance (caring for a person 16 years or over) is a supplementary payment that may be available if you are a parent or carer who provides daily care and attention for a person aged 16 years or over with a disability, medical condition or who is frail aged.
Carer Allowance can be paid in addition to wages or other income support payments such as Age Pension or Carer Payment (caring for a person 16 years or over). You do not have to meet income or assets tests to receive Carer Allowance.
Carer Payment (caring for a person 16 years or over) can provide you with income support if you are unable to support yourself through substantial paid employment because you are caring for someone aged 16 years or over on a daily basis who has a severe disability, medical condition or who is frail aged. The amount of Carer Payment (caring for a person 16 years or over) you get depends on your income and assets, and
the income and assets of the person you are caring for.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. Centres provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.