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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 953A

Remaining qualified for carer allowance up to 3 months after child turns 16

Single child

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person is qualified for carer allowance under subsection 953(1) for a disabled child; and

                     (b)  the child turns 16; and

                     (c)  apart from the child turning 16, the person would remain qualified for carer allowance under that subsection for that child;

then the person remains qualified for carer allowance under that subsection for that child until:

                     (d)  if the child is assessed and rated and given a score under the Adult Disability Assessment Tool before the end of the period of 3 months beginning on the day the child turned 16--the end of the day before the day the child is given that score; or

                     (e)  otherwise--the end of the period of 3 months beginning on the day the child turned 16.

Two children

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  a person is qualified for carer allowance under subsection 953(2) for 2 disabled children; and

                     (b)  on a particular day (the relevant day ), either or both of those children turn 16; and

                     (c)  apart from either or both of those children turning 16, the person would remain qualified for carer allowance under that subsection for those children;

then the person remains qualified for carer allowance under that subsection for those children until:

                     (d)  if either or both of those children are assessed and rated and given a score under the Adult Disability Assessment Tool before the end of the period of 3 months beginning on the relevant day--the end of the day before the day the first such score is given to one of those children; or

                     (e)  otherwise--the end of the period of 3 months beginning on the relevant day.

             (3)  Subsection (2) can apply only once in relation to the same 2 disabled children.



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