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    Do carers receive an allowance??

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    Carers Victoria is the statewide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria. View Profile

    This is a tricky one to answer, because the answer is: it depends!

    Some carers receive the Carer Allowance, which is a payment to help with the costs of caring. The Carer Allowance is not income or assets tested and it is not taxed.

    Others receive the Carer Payment; this is a higher payment that provides income support if you are unable to work because of the demands of your caring role.  The Carer Payment is income and asset tested, and there is also a limit to the time you can be in paid or voluntary work.

    There are many payments available from Centrelink (now operating as the Department of Human Services), and it's always best to get in touch with them directly to find out what benefits are appropriate for your personal situation. You can visit their website or call 13 27 17 for more information.

    You can also call the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636 for further advice. It's a freecall from landlines, mobile calls at mobile rates.

    Hope that helps,
    The Carers Victoria team

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