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1.1.C.20 Care receiver (CP)

Definition

For the purposes of CP, a care receiver is an adult with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability; or a dependent child of a disabled adult; or a child with a severe disability, severe medical condition, disability or medical condition; or a child with a terminal condition in respect of whom a carer qualifies for CP for caring for the adult or child. There are 6 types of care receivers:

in respect of whom a carer qualifies for CP.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.6.4.10 Qualification for CP

Higher ADAT score adult (1.1.H.63)

A person meets the definition of a care receiver if the person:

  • requires constant care (1.1.C.310), AND
  • (if only one person is caring for them) is assessed and rated using the ADAT and given a score of at least 25, being a score calculated on the basis of a total professional questionnaire score of at least 10, OR
  • (if more than one person is caring for them) is assessed and rated using the ADAT and given a score of at least 80, being a score calculated on the basis of a total professional questionnaire score of at least 32, AND
  • is aged 16 years or more, AND
  • is an Australian resident, AND
  • is an income support recipient, or would be but for residence requirements, OR
  • is not receiving a social security pension or benefit or DVA pension or income supplement, AND
  • passes the care receiver income and assets test (or has an exemption from the assets test).

Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) An Australian resident is a person who…, section 197(1)-'disabled adult', section 197(1)-'higher ADAT score adult', section 198 Qualification-disabled adult or disabled adult and dependent child, section 198A Income test, section 198D Assets test

Lower ADAT score adult (1.1.L.130)

A person meets the definition of a care receiver if the person:

  • requires constant care, AND
  • is assessed and rated using the ADAT and given a score of at least 20, being a score calculated on the basis of a total professional questionnaire score of at least 8, AND
  • is aged 16 years of age or more, AND
  • is an Australian resident, AND
  • is an income support recipient, or would be but for residence requirements, AND
  • is not receiving a social security pension or benefit or DVA pension or income supplement, AND
  • passes the care receiver income and assets test (or has an exemption from the assets test).

Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) An Australian resident is a person who…, section 197(1)-'disabled adult', section 197(1)-'lower ADAT score adult', 197D Qualification-disabled adult and one or more children each with a disability or medical condition, section 198(2)(d) Qualification-disabled adult or disabled adult and dependent child, section 198A Income test, section 198D Assets test, section

Dependent child of a lower ADAT score adult

A dependent child (1.1.D.70) of a lower ADAT score adult meets the definition of a care receiver if the dependent child is:

  • under 6 years of age, OR
  • if aged 6 or more but under 16 years of age, is a CA (child) (1.1.C.90), AND
  • the carer supervises the care of the child.

Act reference: SSAct section 5(1)-'dependent child'

Child with a severe disability or severe medical condition

A child meets the definition of a care receiver if the child:

  • has a severe disability or severe medical condition, AND
  • is under the age of 16 years, AND
  • is an Australian resident, AND
  • requires constant care, AND
  • passes the care receiver income and assets tests (or has an exemption from the assets test), AND
  • the care provided by the carer for the child has been given a qualifying rating of intense under the DCLA (Child), AND
  • a THP (1.1.T.170) has certified in writing that because of the disability or condition, the child will need personal care of a specified number of carers, AND
  • the provision of that care by the carer/s will severely restrict their capacity to undertake paid employment.

Act reference: SSAct section 197B Qualification-child with a severe disability or severe medical condition, section 197F Qualification-exchanged care of children, section 197G Qualification-short term or episodic care of children, section 197H Qualification-extension of short term or episodic care, section 198A Income test, section 198D Assets test

Child with a disability or medical condition

A child meets the definition of a care receiver if the child:

  • has a disability or medical condition, AND
  • is under the age of 16 years, AND
  • is an Australian resident, AND
  • requires constant care, AND
  • passes the care receiver income and assets tests (or has an exemption from the assets test), AND
  • the care provided by the carer for the child and one or more other children with a disability or medical condition, or a disabled adult, has been given a qualifying rating of intense under the DCLA (Child), AND
  • a THP has certified in writing that, because of the disability or condition, the child will need personal care of a specified number of carers, AND
  • the provision of that care by the carer/s will severely restrict their capacity to undertake paid employment.

Act reference: SSAct section 197C Qualification-2 or more children with a disability or medical condition, section 197D Qualification-disabled adult and one or more children each with a disability or medical condition, section 197F Qualification-exchanged care of children, section 197G Qualification-short term or episodic care of children, section 197H Qualification-extension of short term or episodic care, section 198A Income test, section 198D Assets test

Child with a terminal condition (1.1.T.86)

A child meets the definition of a care receiver if the child:

  • has a terminal condition, AND
  • is under the age of 16 years at the time that CP is claimed, AND
  • requires personal care for the remainder of their life, AND
  • is an Australian resident, AND
  • meets the care receiver income and assets test, AND
  • a medical practitioner has certified that the average life expectancy for a child with the same or a similar condition is not substantially longer than 24 months, and that personal care is required to be provided by a specified number of carers.

Act reference: SSAct section 197E Qualification-child who has terminal condition, section 197F Qualification-exchanged care of children, section 198A Income test, section 198D Assets test

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