Establishment Grant

The Establishment Grant is a one-off payment to carers of someone else's child to help with the costs when a child first comes into their care, eg a bed, bedding and clothing.

Information

You'll automatically receive an Establishment Grant when you get Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit.

  • Who can get it

    You'll automatically receive an Establishment Grant when you get Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit.

    The Establishment Grant is not available to carers who:

    • applied for the Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit before 13 January 2014. However, you'll be able to apply every year for the School and Year Start-up Payment to help with costs that come at the beginning of the year such as pre-school or school-related costs.
    • received (or have been approved to receive) an upfront payment for the child as part of the Child, Youth and Family Home for Life support package.

    A carer will only be paid the Establishment Grant once for the child. If the child leaves the person's care (resulting in the Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit being stopped) and then returns after a period of time, the Establishment Grant won't be paid to that carer again.

  • How much you get

    You'll receive a one-off payment of $350 for each child.

    You won't be taxed on this money and you won't have to pay it back.

  • How to apply

    You'll automatically get this payment when you get Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit. You don't have to apply for it.

    If you're granted the Orphan's or Unsupported Child's Benefit for more than one child on or after the 13 January 2014, you'll automatically get the Establishment Grant for each child.

  • Other payments

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You may be able to receive other financial help with your costs even if you get this payment.

The best thing to do is call us to talk about your situation.