This topic explains a range of circumstances in which CA is varied, cancelled or suspended.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 123 Continuing effect of determinations
The following is a list of the circumstances in which payment of CA may be changed or stopped:
Transition rules for CA recipients who were current as of 30 June 2010:
(Note: This does not apply for List of Recognised Disabilities (LORD) cases).
If a care receiver has a current ADAT/recognised disability/DCLA assessment and a previous carer or a new carer applies for CA for them a new medical report may not be required unless:
Suspension can be used when there is a:
Examples: The following situations are examples of when suspension should be applied:
When a care recipient no longer receives care and attention on a daily basis because of a disability or medical condition, CA should be cancelled. Loss of qualification for CA on the basis that care and attention ceased to be provided for the disability or medical condition can occur retrospectively. These cases will be rare and exceptional, and only happen if the exact date can be established without dispute.
Example: Peter has a condition that seriously restricts his movement. His sister, Sue, receives CA (adult) for providing care. He undergoes new treatment and an extended period of rehabilitation. After some months, Peter's condition has improved dramatically. He regains his independence and is able to take care of his own needs. As a result of his successful rehabilitation, Peter no longer qualifies Sue for CA. Sue should notify Centrelink of the change of circumstances. Her payments must be cancelled from the date that care was no longer needed.
CA is portable for temporary overseas absences of up to 6 weeks. If the overseas absence becomes permanent the carer loses eligibility for CA and their payments should be cancelled.
Note: Care receivers on certain income support payments may be paid for up to 6 weeks for temporary overseas absences. A care receiver on certain other payments such as Age may be paid indefinitely whilst overseas.
If the carer travels overseas without the care receiver temporary cessation of care provisions apply.
If the absence exceeds the available temporary cessation of care provisions the carer may lose eligibility for CA.
A carer is entitled to use the temporary cessation of care provisions (18.104.22.168) when their care receiver is temporarily admitted to an institution. Once the maximum of 63 days per calendar year has been used CA should be cancelled (unless an extension is granted for a special reason) and cannot be reinstated unless the care receiver returns to the carer's care and the carer re-applies for CA.
A carer is entitled to use the temporary cessation of care provisions when their carer receiver is temporarily admitted to an institution. If the admission becomes permanent, the carer loses eligibility for CA from the day of permanent admission.
The carer loses eligibility for CA starting from the first day the carer did not provide care and attention. In most cases, it will be the day after the person enters the institution.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 80 Cancellation or suspension determination
Last reviewed: 11 November 2013