8.2.2 Reclaiming a Payment
Most benefits or payments have abridged reclaim procedures if a person loses qualification for a payment or benefit and reapplies for that payment or benefit within 13 weeks of the cancellation. From 17 September 2001, job seekers returning to NSA and YA and, (prior to closure of PA) partners of NSA recipients who would have qualified for PA have abridged reclaim procedures extended to 52 weeks. These reclaim procedures include:
- the use of an abridged claim form,
- for minimum POI requirements see 188.8.131.52, and
- reduced verification requirements.
Explanation: There is NO reference to 'reclaiming' in the SS(Admin)Act. A reclaim is simply an alternative form of claim, approved by the Secretary to be applied in circumstances where a payment has been claimed in the recent past and then cancelled.
Reclaiming should be distinguished from resumption of payment after cancellation or suspension under SS(Admin)Act section 85, where the Secretary reconsiders a decision to cancel or suspend. Resumption under section 85 does not require a new claim.
Pre-grant interviews may still be necessary in reclaim situations if circumstances during the break in payment are unclear.
Example: An interview might be appropriate if there is nothing to indicate how the person was supported in the period.
People reclaiming NSA or YA job seeker will generally be required to attend an interview with their jobactive or CDP provider, usually within 2 working days of their initial contact with Centrelink about their reclaim.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 63 Requirement to attend Department etc.
Proof of identity
Refer to 184.108.40.206 for relevant information.
Special rules - disability & carer payments
The following table explains special rules for reclaiming in the Disability and Carer grouping.
|Disability support pension||
|Sickness allowance||If payment is cancelled because a medical certificate expires and the person is still temporarily incapacitated for work (1.1.T.70), a new claim MUST be lodged if the person does NOT lodge the new medical certificate within 14 days of cancellation.|
|Mobility allowance||A medical report is NOT required if:|
|Carer who's CP (child) was cancelled on or after 1 July 2008 and before 1 July 2010||Carers who qualify for CP (child) under the pre 1 July 2009 qualification provisions AND were/are in receipt of CP (child) anytime on or after 1 July 2008 (even if only for one day), and have their CP (child) cancelled for any reason and then reapply for CP (child) before 1 July 2010, can be reassessed for CP (child) under either the pre 1 July 2009 qualification provisions or the qualification provisions current at the time of reapplication.
In these circumstances, the child or children maintain their qualification status (i.e. as a profoundly disabled child OR 2 or more disabled children) and will not need to be reassessed. However, if the delegate believes that the person is not qualified for CP (child) for any reason, then the child/ren will need to be reassessed.
Note: The carer must be claiming for the same child or children.
If, on or after 1 July 2009, a carer chooses to claim under the new (post 1 July 2009) qualification provisions, the child/ren must be reassessed under the complete DCLA claim process, including the professional questionnaire (220.127.116.11) and the ACL questionnaire (18.104.22.168).
Act reference: SSAct Schedule 1A clause 141 Saving-profoundly disabled child and disabled child
Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.G.55 Grandfathering arrangements (CP (child)), 1.1.T.190 Two or more disabled children (CP (child)), 22.214.171.124 CP (child) - Conditions Related to Qualifying as a Child with a Profound Disability