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1.1.T.50 Temporary inability to care


A person may be eligible for PLP 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 26 weeks
  • the person is unable to care for the child due to circumstances beyond their control
  • the period of temporary inability is for a continuous period of less than 26 weeks, and
  • Centrelink is satisfied that the person would have been caring for the child except for the person's temporary inability to care for the child.

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

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