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1.1.C.144 Child with a disability (CA)


To be a child with a disability for the purposes of qualifying a carer for CA (child) the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • is a person aged under 16 years, AND
  • has a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability (1.1.P.280), AND
  • is likely to suffer from the disability permanently or for an extended period of at least 12 months, AND
  • has a recognised disability (1.1.R.90), OR
  • has been assessed under the DCLA (1.1.D.170), AND
    • been given a THP score above zero (1.1.T.100), AND
    • whose carer has achieved a qualifying ACL score of 85 or more.

Note: A child who qualifies a carer for CA before they turn 16 years of age continues to meet the definition of a child care receiver until they reach the later of the following:

  • they turn 16 years and 3 months of age, OR
  • where all CA (child) to CA (adult) transfer documentation is submitted on or before the day the child turns 16 years, until the ADAT assessment is completed.

Act reference: SSAct section 952-'disabled child', section 953 Qualification for CA-caring for either 1 or 2 disabled children, section 953A Remaining qualified after child turns 16

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.C.90 CA child, 3.6.12 Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) (DCLA), CA (child) to CA (adult) transfer process

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