DOP reviews - general provisions


This topic explains the general provisions for DOP reviews and covers the following:

  • 2 yearly review, and
  • change in eligibility criteria reviews.

2 yearly review

A 2 yearly review is set at grant when the circumstances causing eligibility may change.

Example: If the individual receiving the payment states that the whereabouts of the surviving parent (1.1.S.450) is unknown. A biennial review, querying whether the parent's whereabouts have become known:

  • addresses the possibility of the individual's failure to notify of such an event, and
  • ensures the DOP eligibility requirements still remain and that correct entitlement continues.

If payment is to continue after a review, another review must be set for 2 years time, or sooner if appropriate.

Change in eligibility criteria reviews

Reviews are carried out when a change in eligibility criteria is:

  • notified, or
  • anticipated.

Example: If the individual knows the expected date of:

  • a surviving parent's
    • court or sentencing hearing if the parent is on remand, or
    • release from prison, or
    • discharge from a psychiatric hospital, or nursing home (1.1.N.140), or
  • the child's adoption, or
  • a refugee child's (1.1.R.110) parent/s arrival in Australia (1.1.A.320).

Reviews should also be set if the case history or local experience identifies any cases where a scheduled review is warranted.

Policy reference: SS Guide DOP reviews - parent's location unknown, adoption, arrival of refugee's parent

Last reviewed: 21 September 2020