3.9.1.100 Termination of HCC

Declaration expires

The LIC is granted for a period of 52 weeks and a declaration is made that the holder is eligible for that period.

When a LIC holder's declaration is nearing expiry (usually 4 weeks beforehand) a renewal form (SS054) is automatically sent to them. A cardholder is able to renew the card before the previous card expires.

The ex-CA (child) HCC is granted for a period of 52 weeks and a declaration is made that the holder is eligible for that period.

When an ex-CA (child) HCC holder's declaration is nearing expiry (usually 4 weeks beforehand) a letter is automatically sent to them advising them to renew their card. A cardholder is able to renew the card before the previous card expires.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 37(8) Grant of claim, section 37A(3) A person to whom a concession card…

Application form returned or not returned

The following table outlines the consequences of returning or not returning the renewal form:

If the renewal application is… Then…
  • RETURNED, AND
  • the person's income is BELOW the applicable limit for the LIC, OR
  • the person's remains a full-time student for the ex-CA (child) HCC,
  • a new declaration is made, and
  • a new LIC is issued for 52 weeks commencing on the date on which the earlier declaration expires, OR
  • a new ex-CA (child) HCC is issued for 52 weeks commencing on the date on which the earlier declaration expires.

NOT LODGED,

eligibility automatically lapses.

Explanation: Return of a HCC is not sought where eligibility expires.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 106A Automatic cancellation on cessation of qualification

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.9.1.70 LIC - assessment of income

Cardholders with dependants (1.1.D.65)

A LIC holder with a dependant may cease to satisfy the income test either:

  • because of an increase in their income, or
  • through the loss of a dependant.
    • Explanation: In the case of a loss of dependant, the disqualifying income limit reduces.

The loss of a dependant is to be disregarded unless that loss continues for 4 weeks. In that event the dependant is deemed to have ceased to be a dependant of the cardholder on the last day of that 4 week period.

Act reference: SSAct section 1071A Health care card income test

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.9.1.40 HCC Provisions for Children & Dependants, 3.9.1.70 LIC - assessment of income

Last reviewed: 7 May 2018