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