2.3.5 Caring for a Child for DAPP

Introduction

In order to be eligible for DAPP, a person must be caring for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013.

A person must be caring for their child on each day of their DAPP period (1.1.D.30) as either the primary carer or in a sharing or supporting care role. A person is caring for a child on a day if the child is in that person's care on that day. Unlike PLP, the person doesn't have to be the primary carer and more than one person may be caring for the same child on any particular day.

Stillborn or infant death

A person may still be eligible for DAPP where they are not caring for the child for all or part of the DAPP period in the event of a stillborn or infant death (PPLAct section 115CB(3)).

Act reference: PPLAct section 115CB When a DAPP claimant is eligible for DAPP, section 115CL When a DAPP claimant is caring for a child

Temporary inability to care

A person may still be eligible for DAPP where they are not caring for the child for all or part of the DAPP period in the event they are temporarily unable to care for the child.

To remain eligible for DAPP, in the event of being temporarily unable to care for the child, the following requirements must be met:

  • the person will be, or previously was, caring for the child, and
  • the person is temporarily unable to be caring for the child due to circumstances beyond the person's control, (this does not include an event that occurs in relation to the child without the person's consent that prevents the child being in the person's care), and
  • the period of temporary inability is likely to be less than 2 weeks, and
  • there is no determination in force under the Act that DAPP is payable for the child to another person for the same day, and
  • Centrelink is satisfied that the person would have been caring for the child except for the person's temporary inability to be the child's carer.

Act reference: PPLAct section 115CB When a DAPP claimant is eligible for DAPP, section 115CL When a DAPP claimant is caring for a child

Loss of care for child

A person may still be eligible for DAPP where they are not caring for the child for all or part of the DAPP period in the event of a loss of care of the child.

To remain eligible for DAPP, in the event of loss of care of the child, the following requirements must be met:

  • the person previously was caring for the child, and
  • an event occurs in relation to the child without the person's consent that prevents the child being in the person's care, and
  • the person takes reasonable steps to have the child again in the person's care, and
  • the person, or the person's partner, is the child's legal parent or is otherwise legally responsible for the child, and
  • if the child is in the care of another legal parent - the person, or the person's partner, has a court order or a parenting plan to the effect that the child is to live with the person or the person's partner, and
  • there is no determination in force under the Act that DAPP is payable for the child to another person for the same day.

Act reference: PPLAct section 115CB When a DAPP claimant is eligible for DAPP, section 115CL When a DAPP claimant is caring for a child

Paid Parental Leave Rules 2010 rule 3A.4 Care requirements for DAPP claimants - temporary inability to care, rule 3A.5 Care requirements for DAPP claimants - loss of care for child

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.3.1 DAPP Eligibility Overview, 2.3.2 PPL Scheme Work Test for DAPP, 2.3.3 PPL Scheme Income Test for DAPP, 2.3.4 PPL Scheme Australian Residency Test & Absences from Australia for DAPP, 2.3.6 Not Working & Not on Paid Leave for DAPP, 2.3.7 Who Can Claim DAPP, 2.3.8 DAPP Period, 2.3.9 DAPP Claim Interactions with Other PLP or DAPP Claims, 5.1.4 When to Claim DAPP, 6.3.2 Payability Determinations for DAPP

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017