6.2.2.10 Primary Claimant's PPL Period

Introduction

A determination that PLP is payable to a person must specify the period for which PLP is payable to the person. This is the person's PPL period (1.1.P.200). The person's PPL period must be the same as or within the maximum PPL period for the child (1.1.M.20).

The maximum PPL period for a child is the period that:

  • starts on the child's maximum PPL period start day, and
  • ends on the child's maximum PPL period end day.

Child's maximum PPL period start day - primary claimant in normal circumstances

The child's maximum PPL period start day is the first day on which PLP is payable to the person.

If a primary claimant made an effective claim and verified the child's birth (or provided proof of the child's placement for adoption) (1.1.V.10) within 28 days of the day the child was born, the child's maximum PPL period start day is the later of:

  • the day the child was born, or
  • the primary claimant's nominated start date (1.1.N.20).

If a primary claimant made an effective claim within 28 days of the child's birth but did not verify the child's birth (or provide proof of the child's placement for adoption) within 28 days of the birth, the child's maximum PPL period start day is the later of:

  • the day the primary claimant verifies the child's birth, and
  • the primary claimant's nominated start date.

If a primary claimant makes an effective claim for PLP more than 28 days after the child is born (or placed in the person's care as part of the process of adoption), the child's maximum PPL period start day is the later of:

  • the day the claim is made, and
  • the primary claimant's nominated start date.

Note: A claim lodged more than 28 days after the birth or adoption of a child must be accompanied by proof of birth or proof of the child's entry into care.

Child's maximum PPL period start day - primary claimant in exceptional circumstances

The child's maximum PPL period start day for a primary claimant in exceptional circumstances is determined in the same way that the day is determined for a primary claimant in normal circumstances (explained above), with the exception that the day the person became the child's primary carer is substituted for the DOB of the child.

Child's maximum PPL period end day

The child's maximum PPL period end day is the last day on which PLP is payable to the person if the person is entitled to be paid for the whole period.

The maximum PPL period end day for a child is the earlier of the following days:

  • the day that is 125 days after the maximum PPL period start day (which is 18 weeks from and including the start day), and
  • the day before the child's first birthday (or the first anniversary of the child's entry into care).

Note: PLP is payable for a maximum period of 18 weeks, and is only payable in the period between the child's DOB (or date of entry into care) and the day before the child's first birthday (or the first anniversary of the child's entry into care).

Act reference: PPLAct section 11 The determination must specify the person's PPL period, section 275 How this Act applies to an adopted child, section 276 How this Act applies to claims made in exceptional circumstances

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017