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When you foster a child or young person with us, you’ll get regular foster care payments in the form of a non-taxable allowance. These foster care payments are to cover your foster child’s living costs including food, clothes, basic travel, household bills, pocket money, Christmas and birthday presents, and days out. How much you get in foster care payments usually depends on the type of placement you have, your foster child’s age and how much extra care they need.

Some of our foster children and young people need full-time foster parents. And because we see foster care as a fulfilling and challenging career, we’ll offer a foster carer allowance if you pursue the role as a full-time profession.

When will I receive my fostering allowance?

You’ll get your first foster care payment with your new foster placement.

How much will I receive?

In Queensland, your foster care allowances are paid by the Department of Communities. All carer payments come from Carerpay, which is a departmental process. Additional money is agreed during placement meetings and included in ongoing payments.

Where can I find more information?

To find out more about your foster care payments, please enquire online or call 1800 WE ARE.

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