- Cancer Information
- Practical concerns
- Cancer and your finances
- Finding other income
- Centrelink benefits
The Australian Government provides a range of payments through Centrelink that may be available to people with cancer and their carers. These include:
- Age Pension
- Carer Payment and Carer Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- JobSeeker Payment
- Rent Assistance
- Bereavement Payment.
You may also be eligible for the Pensioner Concession Card or the Health Care Card, which can help reduce your medical and other expenses.
Centrelink benefits may be income and asset tested or have other eligibility requirements. To check eligibility requirements and for information about how to apply, visit Services Australia or ask your social worker. You can claim payments online through myGov (visit my.gov.au to set up an account).
Podcast: Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
Rania Tannous, Head of Legal, Corporate, Legal and Governance, AMP; Patricia Troll, Senior Legal Counsel, AMP Financial Services Legal, Legal and Governance, AMP; Lynette Brailey, Program Coordinator, Financial Assistance Service, Cancer Council NSW; Stephen Bray, Financial Planner, FM Financial, TAS; Angela Daly, Senior Social Worker, Cancer Services, The Adem Crosby Centre, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, QLD; Sandra Hodge, Consumer; Sandi Johnson, Consumer; Antony Mitchell, Financial Counsellor, Financial Counselling Program, Cancer Council VIC; Lucy Pollerd, Social Worker, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Heather Richards, Consumer; Deb Roffe, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA.
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