Learn more about the government financial assistance available to you or your carer if you have a chronic illness.
Payments and other financial assistance
There are different types of financial help available from the government that you may be entitled to if you have a chronic illness. This includes:
- Jobseeker Payment - if your illness stops you from doing your usual work or study for a short time
- Disability Support Pension
- Child Disability Assistance Payment
- Mobility Allowance
- Pensioner Education Supplement
- Telephone Allowance
- Rent Assistance.
If you're a veteran, you may be be able to get an income support payment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
If you have a permanent disability you may be eligible for a companion card. This gives your support person free entry to certain venues and events.
You may be able to get financial help and access to other services if you care for someone with a chronic illness.
You may also be eligible for a health care card if you receive a carer allowance or carer payment.
Check what payments and services you can get with the Payment and Service Finder at Services Australia.