Financial support for a child with additional needs can be provided if recommended as part of the child’s therapeutic assessment and is incorporated into their Case Plan. These recommendations generally include funding for relevant therapeutic support services. If financial support is agreed to, payments will be made directly to the relevant service provider.
In addition, if you care for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition, you may be eligible for other Australian Government carer payments to help meet the associated costs. The main types of assistance available to you are the:
- Carer Allowance – For carers who provide additional daily care and attention to a dependent child with a disability or medical condition, even if you work or study. More information on the Carer Allowance
- Carer Payment – For carers unable to work because of the demands required to care for a child with a disability or special needs. You may be eligible if you provide constant care to the child and are not away from them for more than 25 hours per week to attend work. More information on the Carer Payment
- Carer Supplement – An annual lump sum to assist with the cost of caring for a person with a disability. You may be eligible if you receive a Carer Allowance or Carer Payment. More information on the Carer Supplement
- Carer Adjustment Payment – A one-off payment for carers not eligible for income support who care for a child under seven years old diagnosed with a severe disability or severe medical condition. You may be eligible if there is a strong need for financial support following the diagnosis. You must also already be receiving the Carer Allowance and apply within two years of the diagnosis. More information on the Carer Adjustment payment
The child you are caring for may also be eligible for disability support payments from the Australian Government. You are encouraged to contact Centrelink’s non-parent carer support advisor line to discuss the child’s situation and determine what assistance may be available to you both – see ‘Supports and services’. Also see ‘Caring for a child with a disability or chronic illness’.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for reasonable and necessary services for eligible children with a permanent disability or significant impairment that affects their participation in everyday activities. The NDIS is operated by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
If you are caring for a child with a disability, your case manager will work with you to discuss the child’s needs, including possible support through the NDIS.
If the child already has an NDIS plan, your case manager or the NDIA will provide you with a copy of their plan and ensure you are aware of the services and supports in place for them. If this has not happened, make sure to raise it with your case manager.
For more information visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.
For more about caring for a child with a disability, see ‘Caring for a child with a disability or chronic illness’.
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