This measure includes adding new conditions and modifying some of the disability or medical condition eligibility descriptors in the Lists of Recognised Disabilities. The expanded Lists will benefit customers and medical practitioners by making it easier for people caring for children with eligible disabilities or medical conditions to be fast-tracked to receive Carer Allowance.
The Lists of Recognised Disabilities were introduced in July 1998 and are used in the assessment of eligibility for Carer Allowance for carers of children under 16 years of age with a disability or medical condition. The Lists identify conditions (disability or medical) that fast track eligibility for Carer Allowance. Where a child has a condition on the Lists, the child will not be required to have a further medical assessment until they turn 16 years of age.
The Lists of Recognised Disabilities are reviewed periodically to ensure their continued effectiveness.
If the child does not have a disability or medical condition on the Lists of Recognised Disabilities a carer may still be eligible for Carer Allowance if the child is assessed and qualifies using the Child Disability Assessment Tool.
1 July 2005.
Total Government Funding
$3.4 million over five years (including $0.7 million in 2004-05).