The ADAT measures care needs in terms of how much assistance an adult requires with basic activities such as eating, bathing and behaviour management. In doing so it takes account of the adult's physical, cognitive and/or behavioural disabilities. The ADAT is effective regardless of the type of disability or medical condition the adult may have. The ADAT does not assess higher activities of daily living such as managing finances, housework, cooking, shopping, laundry or gardening.
The ADAT was developed in consultation with representatives of peak disability and consumer groups and with specialists in adult disability from a range of medical and allied health professional backgrounds.
Act reference: SSAct section 197(1)-'disabled adult', section 198 Qualification for carer payment, section 952 Disabled adult (CA), section 954 Qualification for carer allowance-caring for a disabled adult
Last reviewed: 20 September 2010