This section explains JETCCFA policy following a notifiable event.
The effect of the change in circumstance may trigger a variation to a claimant's determination. These variations apply when an event occurred in the past that, if the original decision maker knew about it at that time, would cause the relevant determination to be different in its effect. These variations may have an adverse or beneficial effect.
If a variation as a result of a change of circumstances is beneficial, the date of effect is to be the Monday in the week of the event. There is a limit on the retrospective application of a beneficial variation. Beneficial variations can be made retrospectively up to the start of the income year that precedes the one Centrelink became aware of the event.
The areas covered in this section include:
The date of effect of the cancellation of JETCCFA is the Monday following the date the person is no longer eligible for CCB.
If the person's eligible income support payment is cancelled, and
the person's eligibility for JETCCFA should be cancelled.
The date of effect of the cancellation of JETCCFA in such cases is the Monday following the date the person is no longer eligible for JETCCFA.
It is a condition of eligibility for JETCCFA that approved child care used enables the person to undertake activities specified in an EPP. If the child care ceases to be needed to support the activities, the person is no longer eligible for JETCCFA.
JETCCFA should be cancelled if the child and/or the person claiming JETCCFA leaves Australia permanently (1.1.A.120) or are absent from Australia for more than 6 weeks. The date of effect of the cancellation is the date of the Monday following the departure date.
JETCCFA is cancelled for a voluntary person when the person is not complying with the terms of their agreement. In such cases, Centrelink should write to the individual, stating that they have a reason to consider that the person may not be complying with their JETCCFA EPP (1.1.J.30), and if a reasonable explanation is not provided within 21 days their JETCCFA will be cancelled. The notice will give the person 21 days to respond. Alternatively Centrelink could ring the person to establish the person's participation. If the person gives Centrelink reason to cancel their payment, Centrelink can cancel the person's JETCCFA.
If the person has a reasonable excuse or starts complying with their JETCCFA EPP, they continue to be eligible for JETCCFA.
If the person provides no reasonable excuse then their eligibility for JETCCFA is cancelled.
Cancellation will be effective from the Monday following the determination of the cancellation.
No penalty period will apply to people whose eligibility is cancelled.
As a result of changes to the period that activities in a person's EPP are undertaken, Centrelink will shorten or lengthen the period JETCCFA applies on JETCCFA assessment notices. There is a limit of 12 continuous months for which changes to JETCCFA can be made without a review of the person's JETCCFA eligibility and assessment.
Notices of changes to a person's JETCCFA assessment will be sent to the individual only.
Last reviewed: 20 September 2013