Win for diabetes carers

Win for diabetes carers

The Gillard Government announced that, as part of the National Carer Strategy, automatic eligibility for Carer Allowance (child) to families and carers of children with Type 1 diabetes will be extended until the child is 16 years old.

Currently, automatic eligibility for Carer Allowance (child) cuts out when children with Type 1 diabetes turn 10 years old.  This rule was introduced in 2006 and Type 1 diabetes is the only condition for which there is a cut-off age of 10. The extended automatic eligibility will take effect in September this year.

Carers of children with Type 1 diabetes who are already receiving Carer Allowance (child) do not need to act – Centrelink will amend their status to ensure payments do not cease at the age of 10. 

Carers of children with Type 1 Diabetes aged more than 10 years will have their payments backdated to 1 July 2011 if they had a Carer Allowance Health Care Card at that date.  Carers eligible for payment back to 1 July 2011 will also receive the Carer Supplement of up to $600 and the Child Disability Assistance Payment of up to $1000.

Carers of children aged up to 16 with Type 1 Diabetes who currently do not receive Carer Allowance (child) and who do not have a Carer Allowance Health Care Card for their child, will need to lodge a claim form with Centrelink.

Carers of children with Type 1 Diabetes can contact Centrelink if they have questions about their eligibility.

Read the media release here


Read Diabetes Australia - Vic's response here

Read the Australian Diabetes Council's response here

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