6.3.2.10 Payability Determinations for DAPP

Introduction

Centrelink must make a payability determination about whether DAPP is payable to a person if the person has made an effective claim (5.1.2) for DAPP.

Because an effective claim may be made prior to the birth of the child to whom the claim relates, the claimant may be required to provide additional information before Centrelink may determine that DAPP is payable.

Centrelink must make a determination that DAPP is payable to a person for their DAPP period if Centrelink is satisfied the person was or will be eligible for DAPP on each day in that period.

Note: There are some circumstances in which Centrelink is prevented from making a payability determination (6.3.2.20).

If Centrelink is satisfied that the claimant was or will be eligible for DAPP for each day in the DAPP period (see below) then Centrelink must determine that DAPP is payable to the claimant for their DAPP period. The payability determination must specify the claimant's DAPP period.

DAPP period

A person's DAPP period must be the same as or within the maximum DAPP period for the child.

The maximum DAPP period for the child is the period that starts on the child's maximum DAPP period start day and ends on the child's maximum period end day.

The maximum DAPP period start day for a child is the later of:

  • the day the child was born, and
  • the claimant's nominated start date.

The maximum DAPP period end day for a child is the earlier of:

  • the day that is 13 days after the maximum DAPP period start day, and
  • the day before the child's first birthday (or the anniversary of the child's entry into care).

The payability determination must specify that the claimant's DAPP period:

  • starts on the child's maximum DAPP period start day, and
  • ends on:
    • if Centrelink is satisfied that the DAPP claimant was or will be eligible for DAPP on each day in the child's maximum DAPP period, the child's maximum DAPP period end day, or
    • if Centrelink is satisfied the DAPP claimant was or will be eligible for a period that is shorter than the child's maximum DAPP period, the last day in the child's maximum DAPP period that the DAPP claimant was or will be eligible for DAPP.

If Centrelink is not satisfied that the DAPP claimant was or will be eligible for each day of the DAPP period, then Centrelink must determine that DAPP is not payable.

DAPP period may change

Centrelink may specify a different DAPP period if:

  • the claimant changes his or her nominated start date (section 115DG) before a payability determination is made,
  • a claim is withdrawn or varied (section 115DL) before a payability determination is made,
  • a payability determination is revoked on request (section 115BK) before the start of the DAPP period, or
  • the claimant applies to Centrelink for a review of a claimant decision.

Act reference: PPLAct Part 3A-1 Division 2 When DAPP is payable to a person, section 115BB Determination on a claim for DAPP, Part 3A-2 Division 3 When the Secretary cannot make a determination that DAPP is payable, section 115BK Revoking the determination on request, section 115DG Nominated start date, section 115DL Claim may be withdrawn or varied, section 206 Internal review - application for review of claimant decision

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.1 Differences between PLP & DAPP, 2.3 DAPP Eligibility, 5 Claims & Payments for DAPP, 6.3.1 Initial Eligibility Determinations for DAPP, 6.3.2.20 When a DAPP Payability Determination Cannot be Made, 8 Review of Decisions

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017