Dr Anthony Lynham


Foster care allowances changes

foster care allowance changes

12 March, 2019 –

We all know that a good education is something that sets young people up for a successful life, and we want to make sure that children and young people in care have every opportunity to succeed in life.

There are two important new changes to foster care allowance payments:

  1. Continuing fortnightly caring allowance payments once young people turn 18 and are still in school. This means that young people will have certainty that they will be supported to complete their education.
  2. From mid-2020, extending eligibility to provide support to young people up to 19 years of age. Feedback from foster and kinship carers indicates that this make a huge difference to the lives of carers and the young people in their care.

These are part of a number of changes implemented over the last 12 months, to better support young people as they transition to adulthood.

For more information download the Foster Care Allowance Changes FAQs [PDF].