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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?

In Tasmania, your foster care payments start as soon as you welcome a new foster child into your home. We’ll pay your foster care allowance every two weeks.

How much will I receive?

Several things influence how much you get in foster care payments. For example, you’ll get a larger allowance if you foster siblings. In Tasmania, we pay allowances based on if you foster brothers and sisters. If any of the children you foster need extra care, the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania might offer additional financial support.

Where can I find more information?

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

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