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Tasmanian carers to receive new $600 carer supplement.

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Julie Collins MP

Federal Member for Franklin MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday 18 June, 2009


The Federal Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP, has welcomed news that Tasmanian carers will begin receiving a new $600 carer supplement as part of the Rudd Government’s secure and sustainable pension reform.

Ms Collins said the new $600 carer supplement will provide greater financial security to the thousands of carers across the electorate of Franklin.

“Many Tasmanians are making significant sacrifices caring for the most vulnerable people in society and the Rudd Government has made a commitment to recognise the significant challenges they face each and every day,” Ms Collins said.

“Replacing the previous ad-hoc carer bonuses with a legislated annual $600 carer supplement payment will provide certainty for carers across Tasmania.”

In addition to the carer supplement, carers of children with profound disability are expected to qualify for Carer Payment (child) of up to $569.80 a fortnight for singles from 1 July 2009, following passage of legislation in the Parliament this week.

A single carer who receives both full rate carer payment and carer allowance will get two supplement payments totalling $1200.

“The Rudd Government has listened to carers and we have responded with care and responsibility to deliver support,” Ms Collins said.

“These reform initiatives will provide a level of financial security carers need and that they deserve.”

Across Tasmania around 13,000 carers will benefit from the $600 carer supplement.

The first carer supplement payments will be paid between Wednesday 17 June and Friday 26 June, 2009. From 2010, the payments will be made every year from 1 July, 2010.

Ms Collins is a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community and Youth. The committee handed down a report titled Who Cares …? on 1 May, 2009. This report is an inquiry into how better support can be provided to Australian carers.

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