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 April 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.