A referral to the CSAT is required where:
and where the introduction of additional information about the care load may result in qualification for the carer for CP (child).
When a carer is claiming both CP (child) and CA (child), the CSAT amended score will apply to both the CP (child) and the CA (child) assessment. The CSAT amended score will also apply to CA (child) backdating provisions.
If the DCLA score falls within the following thresholds, the assessment should be referred to the CSAT.
For one or more carers of the same child:
If the delegate believes that the ACL questionnaire has not accurately reflected the care load requirements of the claimant(s), discretion should be exercised in determining whether further investigation is required by the CSAT.
If the CSAT determines that the ACL questionnaire has not captured the care load requirements, then in most cases the investigation and recommendation should attempt to correct any parts of the ACL questionnaire they believe are incomplete or inaccurate.
The recommendation may require an updated or amended claim to be completed by the claimant or recorded in evidence to enable the claim to be corrected on behalf of the claimant.
Where the CSAT believes there are special circumstances where the ACL questionnaires reviewed do not or cannot accurately reflect the care load, a possible face-to-face discussion and assessment should be considered.
Act reference: SSAct section 38E Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination
Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.D.170 Disability care load assessment (child) (CP (child), CA (child))
Last reviewed: 11 November 2013