How it works
A Special Disability Trust can have 1 principal beneficiary who meets the eligibility criteria.
A Special Disability Trust must do all of the following:
- have only one principal beneficiary (the person for whom the trust is established), who must meet the eligibility criteria
- provide for the accommodation and care needs of the principal beneficiary
- have a trust deed that contains the clauses as set out in the model trust deed
- have an independent trustee, or alternatively have more than one trustee
- comply with the investment restrictions
- provide annual financial statements and
- conduct independent audits when required.
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 funds of a Special Disability Trust are intended to meet the reasonable care and accommodation needs of the principal beneficiary.
Page last updated: 4 November 2019
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