The principal beneficiary of a Special Disability Trust

To be eligible to be a principal beneficiary of a Special Disability Trust, the person with a disability must meet the definition of severe disability.

The definition of severe disability is:

(a) a person who has reached 16 years of age:

  • whose level of impairment would qualify the person for Disability Support Pension or who is already receiving a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Invalidity Service Pension or DVA Invalidity Income Support Supplement
  • who has a disability that would, if the person had a sole carer, qualify the carer for Carer Payment or Carer Allowance and
  • who has a disability and is unable to work more than seven hours a week in the open labour market

(b) a person who has reached 16 years of age:

  • whose level of impairment would qualify the person for Disability Support Pension or who is already receiving a DVA Invalidity Service Pension or DVA Invalidity Income Support Supplement
  • who is living in an institution, hostel or group home where care is provided for people with disabilities and funding is provided under an agreement between the Commonwealth, states and territories and
  • who has a disability and is unable to work more than seven hours a week in the open labour market

(c) a child under 16 years of age:

  • who is a person with a severe disability or a severe medical condition
  • who has a carer who has been given a qualifying rating of ‘intense’ under the Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination for caring for that person and
  • who has had a treating health professional certify in writing that, because of that disability or condition:
    • the person will need personal care for six months or more and
    • the personal care is required to be provided by a specified number of persons

Page last updated: 6 February 2018