1.1.I.05 Incapable of caring for a child
A person is incapable of caring for a child on a day if, on that day:
- there is a parenting order in force resulting in the person no longer caring for the child, or
- the person is deceased, or
- the person is in prison or otherwise institutionalised, or
- the person's whereabouts are unknown, or
- the person suffers from a medical condition that makes the person incapable of providing care for the child, or
- Centrelink is satisfied that the person is, for a reason outside the control of the person, incapable of providing care for the child.
The person is not incapable of caring for a child if the person voluntarily chooses not to provide care for the child.
Example: A person may voluntarily choose not to provide care for a child by deciding to travel overseas on a holiday or to visit relatives or friends or by deciding to look after other relatives.
Note: A person is considered to be incapable of caring for a child if as a result of a medical condition, or a reason outside of their control, they have no capacity or such a limited capacity that it could be considered as no capacity, to care for a child.