Caring for someone

Financial help

Foster carers have told us that people who look after children do it because they want to make a difference in a child’s life. To support this we provide financial help to meet the day-to-day expenses that looking after a child involves.

Caregiver allowance

A care allowance is paid fortnightly and covers board, personal items and pocket money. This allowance varies according to the child’s age.

We also provide a 4-weekly clothing allowance, and allowances for Christmas and birthday presents. 

The rates set out in the table below are effective from 1 July 2018. 

 Age of child

Weekly care allowance
(paid fortnightly)

Birthday and 
Christmas allowance

Four-weekly clothing rate

Weekly pocket money

0 – 4 years

$169.97

$84.99

$80.56

$2.10

5 – 9 years

$193.99

$97.00

$91.32

$6.60

10 – 13 years

$211.95

$105.98

$112.76

$9.90

14 + years

$229.83

$114.92

$135.36

$15.30

Family home caregivers

$215.67

$107.84

As above

As above

 

*Pocket money is included in the weekly care allowance rate, except for Family Home caregivers who receive this as an additional amount.

 

The rates set out in the table below were effective from 1 April - 30 June 2018.

 Age of child

Weekly care allowance
(paid fortnightly)

Birthday and 
Christmas allowance

Four-weekly clothing rate

Weekly pocket money

0 – 4 years

$149.66

$74.83

$80.56

$2.10

5 – 9 years

$173.68

$86.84

$91.32

$6.60

10 – 13 years

$191.64

$95.82

$112.76

$9.90

14 + years

$209.52

$104.76

$135.36

$15.30

Family home caregivers

$195.36

$97.68

As above

As above

 

*Pocket money is included in the weekly care allowance rate, except for Family Home caregivers who receive this as an additional amount.