Welcome to the ninth installment of Navigating the Funding Maze. Today I hope to give alittle more insight into the Carer Adjustment Payment. I hope that this will be useful information.
This is one I am in the process of applying for. I will update this posts with the results of my application.
What is the Carer Adjustment Payment?
The Carer Adjustment Payment is to assit families with additional costs during their adjustment period immediately after a catastrophic event involving a young child.
Who is eligible?
Carer Adjustment Payment is a one-off, non-taxable payment to help families to adjust following a catastrophic event when a child aged 0–6 years is diagnosed with a severe illness, medical condition or a major disability.
You may be eligible to receive Carer Adjustment Payment if:
- following the catastrophic event, you need to care for the child full-time for a minimum of 2 months, and
- you qualify for Carer Allowance (caring for a child under 16 years) for the child, and
- you are not eligible for Carer Payment (caring for a child under 16 years) for the child, and
- you and your partner are not eligible for an income support payment, and
- you have a very strong need for financial support immediately after the catastrophic event, and
- the child is aged 0–6 years.
Examples of catastrophic events may include (but are not limited to):
- diagnosis of a serious or severe illness such as childhood cancer
- diagnosis of autism
- car accident
- childhood stroke
- near drowning, or
- other type of accident.
How much will be paid?
The maximum amount of Carer Adjustment Payment any family can receive is $10,000 for each child in a single catastrophic event.
The payment is not taxable.
How to apply?
For a Carer Adjustment Payment claim form you can:
- print out the Carer Adjustment Payment form
- phone Centrelink on 13 2717
- visit your nearest Centrelink Customer Service Centre
You will need to attach any documents you have which may support your claim.
What have your experience been of the Carer Adjustment Payment? Do you have any lessons/scars?
Please feel free to add links to more relevant information you have found useful in the comments below.
I was wondering how you went with your application and if you have any helpful tips for my application??!!
Hi .. Sorry it appears my comment has gone missing. It is funny that you ask. At the beginning of the month I called up asking Centrelink about my application. I was advised when I submitted it that it should take 6 weeks. They took my details and later that day someone called me back. I was fortunate that this was 1 of only 2 people who administered (and therefore understood) the payment in Centrelink. She told me that the application process was only administered and paid by Centrelink and it involved approval from a board of people … and that most applications took 12-14 weeks. As we had just past 12 weeks our should receive notification within the next 2 weeks. And true to her word we did … we were unsuccessful. Not because anything in our file that suggested that our son had not experienced a ‘traumatic event’ … or that we failed on any other criteria but one … financial. Not happy but I knew that this was a punt. To me this is just one more rejection from the government in its obligation to providing meaningful assistance to my son in overcoming his Autism.
My thoughts … is it worth applying? I would suggest that it is. Yes there is alot of paperwork to fill out but by the time you get to this one you should be an expert and most of the supporting documents you probably have already scanned and ready to go. Will you be more successful than me? I don’t know … but unless you submit the application you will never know. You might have better luck.
Just letting you know we were successful getting the CAP for my daughter with Aspergers. Received a ph call after about 2 1/2 weeks to say it was going tp be paid thenext day.. So happy. Def worth applying for. We received $6000 + of the possible $10000. Will def be put to good use.
That is fantastic! I agree I think it is worth applying for. The worst thing they can do is knock you back and really you are in no worse a position. I am glad that you did get it!!
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