1.1.T.50 Temporary inability to care

Definition

A person may be eligible for PLP on a day despite not being primary carer of the child where:

  • the person was the primary carer of the child or is expected to be the primary carer within 26 weeks, and
  • the person is unable to be the primary carer of the child due to circumstances beyond their control, and
  • the period of temporary inability is for a continuous period of less than 26 weeks, and
  • there is no payability determination in force that PLP is payable for the child to another person for the same day, and
  • Centrelink is satisfied that the person would have been the child's primary carer except for the person's temporary inability to be the child's primary carer.

A person may be eligible for DAPP on a day despite not caring for the child where:

  • the person was caring for the child or is expected to be caring for the child within 2 weeks, and
  • the person is unable to care for the child due to circumstances beyond their control, and
  • the period of temporary inability is for a continuous period of less than 2 weeks, and
  • there is no payability determination in force that DAPP is payable for the child to another person for the same day, and
  • Centrelink is satisfied that the person would have been caring for the child except for the person's temporary inability to be the child's carer.

Note: The temporary inability to care provisions do not cover loss of care for the child (1.1.L.30).

Act reference: PPL Rules Part 2 Eligibility for PLP, Part 6 Eligibility for DAPP

Last reviewed: 10 May 2021