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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 955

Qualification for carer allowance--hospitalisation

Participating in care of person in hospital

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person (the carer ) is participating in the care of a disabled child, or a disabled adult, (the hospitalised person ) in hospital; and

                     (b)  it is reasonable to assume that, if the hospitalised person were not in hospital, one or more persons would qualify, under section 953, 954 or 954A, for carer allowance for the hospitalised person or for the hospitalised person and another person; and

                     (c)  either the hospitalised person is terminally ill or it is reasonable to expect that, upon the hospitalised person leaving hospital:

                              (i)  the hospitalised person will reside in the private home of the carer and the hospitalised person; or

                             (ii)  the carer will qualify under section 954A for carer allowance for the hospitalised person;

the one or more persons who would qualify for carer allowance as mentioned in paragraph (b) qualify for carer allowance.

Limit on qualification under subsection (1) for disabled adult

             (2)  However, the period, or the sum of the periods, for which the one or more persons can be qualified under subsection (1) for a hospitalised person who is a disabled adult is 63 days in any calendar year.

Note:          There is no limit for a hospitalised person who is a child.



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