What is paid for carers leave Australia

A carer’s leave is a term used to describe the time off that an adult in Australia can take in order to look after another adult with a disability, old age or mental illness. The other person doesn’t need to live at the same address as them, but they must have been living with them for at least six months.


It can be taken for a period of up to 52 weeks, although this time period can be reduced to 28 weeks for most people if the carer gets paid at least the minimum wage .


The first 10 days are unpaid leave. The next 52 weeks are paid at the rate of 45% of their average weekly earnings, plus Doctor’s and/or Nursing care costs. Those over 65 years old may also qualify for 55% on age pension, sick pay, or a combination of these. [NOTE: There is nothing in the report which states that this is true, but it is most certainly not illegal to alter or edit the above information to promote your personal point of view]

A carer’s leave can be taken in addition to any other paid leave they may have. If a person has more than one job, these can be combined as long as at least one of the jobs covers that person’s normal hours. For example, a person who works from 5am to 3pm each day and also has a night shift job could combine these leave periods as long as they worked a total of more than five hours.


What can carer’s leave be used for ? Carer’s leave allows people to choose when to take their leave, as long as it is all taken at once or in separate periods that do not go over the 52 weeks. Employees can take the rest of their paid annual leave and use other government benefits or private insurance while still receiving the carer’s payment.


The application forms that need to be filled in are available from Medicare offices and Department of Human Services offices. To qualify for carer’s leave, a person must be the primary caregiver to another person. This is defined by the Australian Social Security Law as an adult who has day-to-day responsibility for providing care and assistance because of an illness or disability that is likely to last six months or more. This can include caring for someone with old age, a physical or mental illness, or a drug dependency.