Disabled Child Allowance

Overview

 
Any child that is certified to be suffering from some kind of physical and/or mental disability may be granted this allowance.  This allowance is paid over and above the Children’s Allowance.
 
  

Eligibility

  • The applicant has to satisfy the citizenship and residence criteria.
  • The Head of household must have the care and custody of the concerned child who must be certified to be suffering from some kind of physical and/or mental disability by a Medical Board.
  • In cases of visual impairment, this allowance is paid until the disabled child reaches 14 years of age due to the issuing of the Assistance for the Visually Impaired. Whilst for other disabilities this allowance is paid until the child reaches 16 years of age due to the issuing for Assistance for a Disability.
  • Once an application is received, it is referred to a medical board that decides whether the child is eligible for this allowance. The medical board may approve this allowance for up to a 16 year period or for a shorter, pre-defined period of time after which the child must once again be examined by the medical board. The decision of the medical board cannot be appealed by one can ask for a re-consideration of the case and must submit a letter and a detailed medical certificate to support his/her reasoning.
 
 

Documents Required

  •  Application form filled in and signed by both parents where applicable.
  • Application form signed by the doctor confirming that the claimant suffers from some kind of physical and/or mental disability.
  • Recent medical reports regarding the medical condition of the child.
 
 

Payments

 
 
Payments for this benefit are issued during the months of December, March, June and September. Should you wish to know the precise day the payment will be issued, please refer to our Payment Dates section by clicking here. Alternatively, the benefit rates payable can be viewed by clicking here.
 
Disability Child Allowance payments are deposited directly into a beneficiary’s bank account unless the applicant is in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance, Age Pension or has an outstanding garnishee order. In the case of a garnishee order, the claimant must produce a legal document stating the details of the garnishee orders. Claimants in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance wishing to have their Disabled Child Allowance payments deposited directly into their bank account may also present a document with their request which will be reviewed individually.
 
Payments for Disabled Child Allowance are made every 13 weeks and the payment covers the upcoming 13 weeks in advance.
 
 

How to apply

 
 
The Application must be submitted to the Department of Social Security, signed by both parents where applicable and endorsed by a Doctor’s certificate stating the child’s medical condition. Where available, supporting documents regarding the medical condition of child should be submitted with the application.  The application must reach the department within six months of the birth of the child or within six months from the child’s medical condition. No documents in relation to income have to be submitted since there is NO INCOME TEST related to this allowance.
 
The applicant may call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
 
Alternatively, one may download a copy of the form by visiting our  Application Form  page
 
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