Child Disability Allowance information for health practitioners
The Child Disability Allowance is paid to the principal carer of a dependent child or young person under the age of 18 years with a serious disability. It recognises the extra care and attention provided.
It isn’t paid to cover costs associated with the child or young person’s disability as these costs aren’t in themselves a qualification for the Child Disability Allowance.
The Child Disability Allowance isn’t income or asset tested, and is a non-taxable allowance.
Care and attention
The child or young person must need constant care and attention, over and above the ordinary care and attention required by a child or young person of the same age.
Either the child or young person requires:
- frequent attention from another person in connection with their bodily functions, or
- attention and supervision substantially in excess of that normally required by a child of the same age and gender, or
- regular supervision from another person to avoid substantial danger to themselves or others.