If you have taken on the care of someone else’s child, Centrelink treats you like any other family when it comes to payments such as Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit, and Parenting Payment. You may also be able to get a foster child Health Care Card, even if you are caring for a child through a private arrangement.
I’m a grandparent raising my grandkids full time because of my daughter’s drug and alcohol problems but we don’t want to involve child protection services. Am I still eligible for any Australian Government assistance?
I have recently taken on the care of my god-child through a private arrangement and I think I will be raising her for the foreseeable future. Am I eligible for any Australian Government payments even though I’m not technically related to her?
We have recently taken custody of our niece as the result of a care and protection order. I am her foster carer. What Australian Government assistance is available to me?
My daughter recently gave birth to a baby, but she hasn’t finished high-school yet. We want to look after the baby until she has finished high-school. Are we still eligible for any Australian Government assistance?
My brother and his wife recently tragically lost their lives, leaving behind a young child who is now in my care. What Australian Government assistance am I eligible for?
My husband and I have recently taken on the care of a young child with a disability. Are there any specific Australian Government supports or assistance we should know about?
I am a foster carer who has recently taken on the care of another child. How can I let Centrelink know so this new situation is reflected in my payments?
We have recently taken custody of a child whose parents are in jail, and we don’t know the child’s Medicare details. Can we still get medical assistance for the child, and can we be reimbursed by Medicare for any of the costs?
I’m a grandparent raising my grandchild full-time. Do I need to have my grandchild registered on my Medicare card to claim a rebate for visiting our GP?
I am a foster carer who has the care of a child until they are 18 years old. Can I add the child to my Medicare card?