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5.2.5.20 CA, Child Disability Allowance & HCA - December 1974 to Present Date, DNCB 1987 to 1999

Introduction

CA replaced child disability allowance (CDA) on July 1999. CDA was previously called HCA.

 

HCA was introduced from 10 December 1974. Distinction was made as to the degree of disability (1.1.D.160) and an income (section 8(1)-'income') test applied in some cases. HCA became payable in respect of students aged 16 to 24 years from 31 October 1978. For 'severely handicapped' children in the family home HCA was payable, free of an income test, to a person providing constant care and attention. For 'handicapped' children an income test applied and it was determined whether the person was subject to severe financial hardship (1.1.S.120) by virtue of the care and attention required by the child's disability (former section 103).

 

CDA replaced HCA from 15 November 1987. When CDA was introduced no distinction was made as to the degree of disability and no income test applied. On 1 July 1998 the CDAT was introduced.

 

Before 1 January 1993 qualification for CDA also entitled payment of family allowance free of income and assets (1.1.A.290) tests. From that date, the income and assets tests applied to all basic family payment recipients.

 

CA was introduced on 1 July 1999. CA combined CDA and DNCB. DNCB was administered by the Department of Health and Aged Care. A new ADAT, used to assess eligibility to CA and CP for care receivers 16 years of age and over, was also introduced on 1 July 1999.

 

The table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight, unless indicated otherwise.

Date payable from

Rate $

HCA Note A

31/12/1974

10.00 per week

02/11/1976

15.00 per week

15/05/1979

65.00 per month

15/10/1980

73.00 per month

15/10/1982

85.00 per month

15/10/1986

92.00 per month

CDA

DNCB

Date payable from

Rate $

Date payable from

Rate $

15/11/1987

112.00 per month

January 1987

42.00

29/12/1988

48.00

January 1990

52.00

13/07/1989

51.70

January 1993

53.20

11/01/1990

55.60 Note B

January 1995

54.20

10/01/1991

59.90

January 1996

57.10

09/01/1992

66.20 Note C

January 1997

58.30

07/01/1993

67.00

July 1998

75.10

01/01/1994

68.30

-

01/01/1995

69.50

-

01/01/1996

72.60

-

01/01/1997

74.90

-

01/01/1998

75.10

-

01/01/1999

75.60

-

Carer Allowance Note D

Date payable from

Rate $

01/07/1999

75.60

01/01/2000

76.40

01/07/2000

79.50

01/01/2001

82.00

01/01/2002

85.30

01/01/2003

87.70

01/01/2004

90.10

01/01/2005

92.40

01/01/2006

94.70

01/01/2007

98.50

01/01/2008

100.60

01/01/2009

105.10

01/01/2010

106.70

01/01/2011

110.00

01/01/2012

114.00

01/01/2013

115.40

 

Notes

Notes

Explanation

A

When rates changed prior to 29 December 1988, the first payment at the new rate was made on the family allowance payday after the date shown.

B

Since January 1990, CDA rates are indexed every January.

C

Includes a $2.15 a week ($4.30pf) ad hoc increase announced in the 1991-92 Budget.

D

CDA and DNCB were replaced by CA from 1 July 1999.

 

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

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Last reviewed: 2 January 2013


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