Work and Income
Work and Income may be able to help with living costs if you are caring for a disabled person.
You will need to meet certain criteria to get support, and you will have to provide evidence such as medical certificates for the person you are caring for.
Supported Living Payment
The Supported Living Payment is for people who are caring for a disabled person (other than their spouse or partner) who would otherwise need to be cared for in a hospital, rest home or residential care. The person you are supporting may also apply for a Supported Living Payment.
If you are caring for your spouse or partner, they may be eligible for the Supported Living Payment. Your circumstances will be considered during the application process.
The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, food expenses, extra clothing or travel.
Special Disability Allowance
The Special Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have a spouse or partner who is in residential care, or has been in a public hospital for over 13 weeks. It’s paid to you to help with the extra costs of having your spouse or partner in care.
The Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home. You may be eligible depending on your income, assets and your accommodation costs.
Community Services Card
The Community Services Card can help with the costs of health care so you pay less on some health services and prescriptions.
Emergency or unforeseen costs
If you have an unexpected expense and don’t know how you will cover the cost, Work and Income may be able to help – even if you’re not receiving a benefit. They may be able to help with things like food, power bills, unexpected house or car repairs, dental treatment or bereavement costs. You will need to talk with them about your circumstances to see if they can help.
A Recoverable Assistance Payment can be used to pay for things like home appliances or rent arrears when you have no other way of covering the cost. You will need to repay the amount, but you can pay in instalments.
A Special Needs Grant is a payment to help people in certain circumstances pay for something when they have no other way of paying for it. You don’t usually have to pay this type of grant back.
Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment which helps someone who can’t meet their essential living costs from what they earn or from other sources.
The Emergency Benefit is assistance that may be paid to people who cannot support themselves and who do not qualify for any other payments.
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