5.2.5.20 CA, Child Disability Allowance & HCA - December 1974 to Present Date, DNCB 1987 to 1999

Introduction

CA replaced child disability allowance (CDA) on July 1999. CDA was previously called handicapped child's allowance (HCA).

HCA was introduced from 10 December 1974. Distinction was made as to the degree of disability (1.1.D.160) and an income test applied in some cases. HCA became payable in respect of students aged 16 to 24 years from 31 October 1978. For 'severely handicapped' children in the family home HCA was payable, free of an income test, to a person providing constant care and attention. For 'handicapped' children an income test applied and it was determined whether the person was subject to severe financial hardship (1.1.S.120) by virtue of the care and attention required by the child's disability (former section 103).

CDA replaced HCA from 15 November 1987. When CDA was introduced no distinction was made as to the degree of disability and no income test applied. On 1 July 1998 the CDAT was introduced.

Before 1 January 1993 qualification for CDA also entitled payment of family allowance free of income and assets (1.1.A.290) tests. From that date, the income and assets tests applied to all basic family payment recipients.

CA was introduced on 1 July 1999. CA combined CDA and domiciliary nursing care benefit (DNCB). DNCB was administered by the Department of Health and Aged Care. A new ADAT, used to assess eligibility to CA and CP for care receivers 16 years of age and over, was also introduced on 1 July 1999.

The table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight, unless indicated otherwise.

Date payable from Rate $
HCA Note A
31/12/1974 10.00 per week
02/11/1976 15.00 per week
15/05/1979 65.00 per month
15/10/1980 73.00 per month
15/10/1982 85.00 per month
15/10/1986 92.00 per month
CDA DNCB
Date payable from Rate $ Date payable from Rate $
15/11/1987 112.00 per month January 1987 42.00
29/12/1988 48.00 January 1990 52.00
13/07/1989 51.70 January 1993 53.20
11/01/1990 55.60 Note B January 1995 54.20
10/01/1991 59.90 January 1996 57.10
09/01/1992 66.20 Note C January 1997 58.30
07/01/1993 67.00 July 1998 75.10
01/01/1994 68.30 -
01/01/1995 69.50 -
01/01/1996 72.60 -
01/01/1997 74.90 -
01/01/1998 75.10 -
01/01/1999 75.60 -
Carer Allowance Note D
Date payable from Rate $
01/07/1999 75.60
01/01/2000 76.40
01/07/2000 79.50
01/01/2001 82.00
01/01/2002 85.30
01/01/2003 87.70
01/01/2004 90.10
01/01/2005 92.40
01/01/2006 94.70
01/01/2007 98.50
01/01/2008 100.60
01/01/2009 105.10
01/01/2010 106.70
01/01/2011 110.00
01/01/2012 114.00
01/01/2013 115.40
01/01/2014 118.20
01/01/2015 121.70
01/01/2016 123.50
01/01/2017 124.70
01/01/2018 127.10
01/01/2019 129.80

Notes

Notes Explanation
A When rates changed prior to 29 December 1988, the first payment at the new rate was made on the family allowance payday after the date shown.
B Since January 1990, CDA rates are indexed every January.
C Includes a $2.15 a week ($4.30pf) ad hoc increase announced in the 1991-92 Budget.
D CDA and DNCB were replaced by CA from 1 July 1999.

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

Last reviewed: 2 January 2019