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AGED CARE ACT 1997 - SECT 48.10

The hardship supplement

             (1)  The hardship supplement for the care recipient in respect of the * payment period is the sum of all the hardship supplements for the days during the period on which:

                     (a)  the care recipient was provided with home care through the home care service in question; and

                     (b)  the care recipient was eligible for a hardship supplement.

             (2)  The care recipient is eligible for a hardship supplement on a particular day if:

                     (a)  the Subsidy Principles specify one or more classes of care recipients to be care recipients for whom paying a daily amount of home care fees of more than the amount specified in the Principles would cause financial hardship; and

                     (b)  on that day, the care recipient is included in such a class.

The specified amount may be nil.

             (3)  The care recipient is also eligible for a hardship supplement on a particular day if a determination is in force under section 48-11 in relation to the care recipient.

             (4)  The hardship supplement for a particular day is the amount:

                     (a)  determined by the Minister by legislative instrument; or

                     (b)  worked out in accordance with a method determined by the Minister by legislative instrument.

             (5)  The Minister may determine different amounts (including nil amounts) or methods based on any matters determined by the Minister by legislative instrument.



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