184.108.40.206 Qualification for CA during Overseas Travel
Care receiver and/or carer overseas
CA can be paid during periods spent overseas for up to 6 weeks if the absence is temporary. The other qualification criteria must still be met.
A carer remains qualified for payment of CA in the following situations:
- they travel or live overseas temporarily with the care receiver (see explanation),
- their partner travels overseas temporarily with the child care receiver. If the partner travels overseas temporarily with the child care receiver the carer may not continue to be qualified for CA once 63 days temporary cessation of care provisions cease.
- they travel overseas without the child care receiver, leaving the care receiver in the care of their partner,
- their care receiver is temporarily absent from Australia, and is in respite care or hospitalisation in which case the temporary cessation of care provisions (220.127.116.11) are invoked and the care receiver may only cease to receive care and attention on a daily basis from the carer for 63 days unless the delegate extends the number of days due to special circumstances, or
- is a child care receiver receiving education, training or treatment (section 957(4)), in which case the carer will receive a reduced rate of CA.
If the carer does not intend to resume the care situation, they cease to qualify from the date of departure.
Explanation: The carer is regarded as providing care and attention in a private home.
Act reference: SSAct section 956 Absence from Australia, section 957(4) Cessation of care in order to undertake training etc., section 1217(4) Meaning of portability period if maximum portability period limited
Policy reference: SS Guide 18.104.22.168 Portability Table
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013