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Communtity Law Manual | Work & Income | You’re caring for someone full-time

Types of benefits

You’re caring for someone full-time

Caring for a person at home who needs full-time care (Supported Living Payment)

Social Security Act 2018, ss 40–42

You’ll qualify for the Supported Living Payment if you’re required to give full-time care and attention at home to some other person (not your partner) who would otherwise need hospital care, rest home care or residential disability care. This might be, for example, your adult child or another family member (other than your partner), or a member of the community.

You’ll also qualify if you’re required to give full-time care and attention at home to a child with a severe disability who would otherwise need extended care.

A doctor will need to certify that the other person needs your full-time care and attention and would otherwise need the care described above.

You must be 18 to qualify for the benefit under this ground, or 20 if you have a dependent child.

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