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  • What is a dependant

    A person can be considered your dependant if they meet the criteria for one of the categories below:

    • your spouse
    • your child
    • any other person you are in an interdependent relationship with
    • a person who is substantially financially dependent on you.

    Spouse

    We define a spouse as someone who is either:

    • legally married to you
    • not legally married to you but lives with you on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.

    Child

    We define a child as someone who:

    • is less than 18 years old.

    Furthermore, the child must be either your:

    • biological child
    • adopted child
    • stepchild
    • child of your de facto spouse.

    Interdependent

    If you apply to pay for the expenses of a dependant who is not defined as your spouse or child, you need to prove that you are in an interdependent relationship.

    An interdependent relationship is a close personal relationship between two people which meets all the conditions below:

    • the people live together
    • one or both provides financial support to the other
    • one or both provides domestic support and personal care to the other.

    You may also be considered to have an interdependent relationship if you have a close personal relationship but live apart because one or both of you are temporarily:

    • working or studying interstate or overseas
    • detained in prison
    • receiving care for a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability.

    Substantially financially dependent

    If you apply to pay expenses for a dependant who is not defined as your spouse, child or interdependent, you need to prove your dependant is substantially financially dependent on you.

    A person is substantially financially dependent on another where one person is unable to meet their normal living expenses without the financial support of the other person. Your application needs to include information and financial documents that show:

    • you make regular payments to, or on behalf of the other person
    • these payments cover all or a substantial portion of the person's normal living expenses
    • the person would be unable to afford their normal living expenses without these payments (groceries, mortgage/rent, transportation costs, utility bills, medical expenses etc.)

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      Last modified: 01 Dec 2021QC 60034