The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.I.70 Initial eligibility determination


An initial eligibility determination may be made in respect of a claim for PLP if some, but not all of the eligibility criteria can be assessed at the time the claim is made. For example, initial eligibility determinations may be made on claims lodged prior to the birth or adoption, when proof of birth or entry into care cannot yet be provided and if it is not yet known if the person will have care of the child for PLP purposes.

An initial eligibility determination can be made if Centrelink is satisfied that:

  • the flexible PPL days for the child are specified in an effective PPL claim (1.1.P.165) or special PPL claim (1.1.S.55)
  • if no other initial eligibility determination is in force in relation to the person and child - Centrelink is satisfied that the person satisfies the work test and income test when making the determination, and
  • the person satisfies the Australian residency test when making the determination.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 26A Initial eligibility determinations relating to flexible PPL days for a child

Policy reference: PPL Guide 5.2.1 Initial eligibility determinations for PLP, 2.2.2 Work test for PLP, 1.1.I.20 Income test

Last reviewed: