(1) The Secretary may determine that a person is qualified for a carer payment for a period if:
(a) the person is personally providing constant care for one or more persons (the care receiver or care receivers ) each with:
(i) a severe disability or severe medical condition; or
(ii) a disability or medical condition; and
(b) each care receiver is aged under 16 at the start of the period; and
(c) in relation to each care receiver--a treating health professional has certified in writing that, because of the severe disability or severe medical condition, or because of the disability or medical condition:
(i) the care receiver will need personal care for at least 3 months but less than 6 months; and
(ii) the care is required to be provided by a specified number of persons; and
(d) apart from the fact that the care receiver, or care receivers, will need personal care for less than 6 months, the person would qualify for a carer payment:
(i) under section 197B or 197C (whether or not because of section 197F) for caring for the care receiver or care receivers; or
(ii) under section 197D (whether or not because of section 197F) for caring for the care receiver and another person.
Limits on period determined
(2) The period determined by the Secretary:
(a) must be 3 months or more and less than 6 months; and
(b) must not begin before the person's start day.
Person may remain qualified until end of period even if care receiver turns 16
(3) A person does not cease to be qualified for a carer payment under this section only because the care receiver (or any of them) turns 16 before the end of the period determined by the Secretary.