1.1.R.20 Reference period

Definition

For PLP purposes a person is determined to be a primary carer of a child on a day by looking at care arrangements during the person's 'reference period'. The person is the primary carer of a child if the child is in the person's care in that period and the person meets the child's physical needs more than anyone else in that period.

For DAPP purposes, a DAPP claimant is determined to be caring for a child by looking at care arrangements during the claimant's 'reference period'. The claimant is caring for the child if the child is in the DAPP claimant's care in that period.

The reference period is the period that is determined by Centrelink for the purposes of making a payability determination on the person's PLP or DAPP claim.

Example: The reference period for a PLP primary claimant who is a birth mother, is from the date of birth to the end of their PPL period.

The reference period for a DAPP claimant is the DAPP period.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 47 When a person is the primary carer of a child, section 115CL(2) A DAPP claimant's reference period is…

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.2.5 Who is a Primary Carer for PLP?

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017