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1.1.S.55 Special PPL claim


There are 2 types of PLP claims: a PPL claim and a special PPL claim.

Centrelink cannot make a determination that PLP is payable to a person for a child unless the person has made an effective PPL claim or an effective special PPL claim. Only a natural person can make a claim.

A special PPL claim may only be made by:

  • the partner of a PPL claimant in exceptional circumstances, or
  • a person who satisfies the circumstances that are prescribed by the PPL Rules as being exceptional circumstances in which a special PPL claim can be made.

A special PPL claimant is not payable for PLP unless a PPL claimant has already been found payable for the child.

A claim must be made in the form approved and the manner required by Centrelink for that type of claim, contain any information required by Centrelink, and be accompanied by any documents required by Centrelink.

The partner of a person making a PPL claim in exceptional circumstances cannot make an effective special PPL claim without permission to make a claim from the PPL claimant, and is only payable for the number of days they have been given permission to claim.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 14 Determination on a special PPL claim, section 52 Who can claim, section 53 Types of claims, section 54 Who can make a PPL claim or special PPL claim, section 55 When a claim is effective, section 56 Requirements of the claim

PPL Rules section 6 Definitions, Part 2 Eligibility for PLP, Part 3 Division 2—Claims for PLP

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.1 PLP eligibility overview, 2.7 Who is a special PPL claimant for PLP?, 4.1.1 Effective claims for PLP, Special PPL claimants for PLP

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