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Foster carers in NSW receive a fortnightly allowance based on the age of the child. A number of other payments and reimbursements are also available for certain children and situations.
The allowance payment method provides more autonomy to carers to make day-to-day decisions about the needs of children and young people in their care.
Community Services carers in receipt of the Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to seek part time employment.
See the Welfare to work exemption fact sheet for more information.
Teenage education payment
Helping teenagers succeed in education and training can be a challenge for all families; and for young people in out-of-home care, these years can be especially tough.
To help foster, relative and kinship carers keep their children engaged in school or training, Community Services has introduced a new payment to help with the costs of education.
The Teenage Education Payment (TEP) recognises the crucial role carers play in encouraging and supporting the young people in their care, and the importance of education and training in securing a positive future.
Commencing in July 2012, the TEP is an annual amount of $6,000 paid in instalments of $1,500 at the start of each term to eligible carers to help keep 16 and 17 year olds in education or training.
The Teenage Education Payment Guidelines contain further information about the purpose of TEP, eligibility criteria and how to apply.
- Information and advice for foster carers – Connecting Carers NSW phone 1300 794 653
- The Aboriginal Statewide Foster Carer Support Service phone 1800 888 698
- Family Tax Benefit and other Commonwealth entitlements – Centrelink or Family Assistance Office
- Information and support for young people in care – CREATE Foundation phone 1800 655 105