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1.1.C.90 CA child (CA)

Definition

For the purposes of CA, a CA child is a child under the age of 16 years with disability (1.1.C.144) who qualifies a carer for CA (child).

The SSAct section 5(6) prevents a young person who is receiving a social security pension, benefit (including YA) or payments under a LMP from satisfying the definition of a dependent child.

Exceptions from 1 July 2009

A carer in receipt of CA (child) because they qualify automatically being in receipt of CP (child), can remain qualified for CP (child) and CA (child) for up to 3 months after the child turns 16 years of age, or until the child is assessed, rated and given a score under the ADAT.

A carer in receipt of CA (child) because they qualify automatically being in receipt of CP (child), for a care receiver who has a terminal condition, may continue to qualify for CP (child) and CA (child) until the care receiver reaches 18 years of age.

A carer in receipt of CA (child) because they qualify automatically being in receipt of CP (child), for short term (1.1.S.172) or episodic (1.1.E.132) CP (child), remains qualified for CP (child) and CA (child) until the end of the period determined by the delegate.

Exceptions from 1 July 2010

A carer in receipt of CA (child) can remain qualified for CA (child) for up to 3 months after the child turns 16 years of age, or until the child is assessed, rated and given a score under the ADAT.

Act reference: SSAct section 5 Family relationships definitions-children, section 953 Qualification for CA-caring for either 1 or 2 disabled children, section 953A Remaining qualified for CA after child turns 16

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.C.361 CP (child)

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