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Social Security Amendment Act (No. 2) 1993

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Act No. 120 of 1993 as made
An Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Date of Assent 24 Dec 1993
Date of repeal 10 Mar 2016
Repealed by Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016
 

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - TABLE OF PROVISIONS

PART 1-PRELIMINARY
Section
1. Short title etc.
2. Commencement
PART 2-INCREASED RATE OF PAYMENT FOR CERTAIN NEWSTART ALLOWEES
3. Benefit Rate Calculator B
4. Indexed and adjusted amounts
PART 3-FAMILY PAYMENT INCOME AND ASSETS TESTS TO APPLY TO STUDENT
PARENTS
5. Family Payment Rate Calculator
6. Consequential amendments
7. Schedule 1A
PART 4-REDUCED INCOME CEILING AND ASSETS VALUE LIMIT FOR BASIC FAMILY
PAYMENT
8. Qualification for individual family payment
9. Family Payment Rate Calculator
10. Access to financial hardship rules-family payment
11. Indexed and adjusted amounts
12. CPI Indexation Table
13. Indexation of amounts
PART 5-LIMIT ARREARS OF FAMILY PAYMENT
14. General definitions
15. Insertion of new section:
873A. Secretary may require recipient to give notice of change
of address
16. Continuing effect of determination
17. Insertion of new section:
881A. Suspension for failure to comply with section 873, 1304
or 1305 notice after being given a section 873A notice
18. Date of effect of adverse determination
19. Insertion of new section
1243A. Certain determinations not to be revived
20. Certain determinations not to be revived
21. Notice of decisions under this Act
SCHEDULE
CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - LONG TITLE

An Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - PART 1
PART 1-PRELIMINARY

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 1
Short title etc.

(Assented to 24 December 1993)
1.(1) This Act may be cited as the Social Security Amendment Act (No. 2) 1993.

(2) In this Act, "Principal Act" means the Social Security Act 1991.*1*

(Minister's second reading speech made in-
House of Representatives on 31 August 1993
Senate on 21 October 1993)
*1* No. 46, 1991, as amended. For previous amendments, see Nos. 68, 69, 70, 73, 74, 115, 116, 141, 175, 194 and 208, 1991; Nos. 12, 69, 81, 94, 118, 133, 134, 138, 228, 229, 230 and 241, 1992; and Nos. 20, 24, 25, 36 and 61, 1993.

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 2
Commencement

2.(1) Subject to subsections (2), (3), (4) and (5), this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(2) Part 3 and the Schedule commence on 1 January 1994, immediately after the commencement of Part 4 of the Social Security Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1993.

(3) Part 4 commences on 1 January 1994, immediately after Part 3.

(4) Part 2 commences on 20 March 1994.

(5) Section 20 commences on the day on which the Social Security Legislation Amendment Act 1993 receives the Royal Assent.

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - PART 2
PART 2-INCREASED RATE OF PAYMENT FOR CERTAIN NEWSTART ALLOWEES

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 3
Benefit Rate Calculator B

3. The Rate Calculator in section 1068 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting items 3 and 4 from Table B in point 1068-B1 and substituting the following items:
"3. Not member of couple and person:
(a) receives job search allowance or sickness allowance; and
(b) has turned 21 but has not turned 60
$312.10
$282.70
4. Not member of couple and person:
(a) receives job search allowance or sickness allowance; and
(b) has turned 60; and
(c) has not been receiving social security benefit continuously for at least
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6 months $312.10
$282.70
4A. Not member of couple and person:
(a) receives newstart allowance; and
(b) has turned 21 but has not turned 60
$312.10
$282.70
4B. Not member of couple and person:
(a) receives newstart allowance; and
(b) has turned 60; and
(c) has not been receiving social security benefit continuously for at least 6 months
$312.10
$282.70";
(b) by adding after point 1068-B2 the following points in Module B:

"1068-B3. On 20 March 1994 the amounts specified in items 3, 4, 4A and 4B in column 3B of Table B in point 1068-B1 are increased by $6.00. The increase is to be made after the indexation of the amounts on that day has occurred.

"1068-B4. The amounts in items 3, 4, 4A and 4B in columns 3A and 3B of Table B in point 1068-B1 are to be indexed on 20 September 1993 and 20 March 1994 under section 1192 as if Part 2 of the Social Security Amendment Act (No. 2) 1993 had commenced on 1 September 1993.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 4
Indexed and adjusted amounts

4. The Indexed and Adjusted Amounts Table in section 1190 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from column 4 in item 2 "items 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9" and substituting "items 3, 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 7 and 9".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - PART 3
PART 3-FAMILY PAYMENT INCOME AND ASSETS TESTS
TO APPLY TO STUDENT PARENTS

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 5
Family Payment Rate Calculator

5. The Rate Calculator in section 1069 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting point 1069-D4 and substituting the following point:

Assets test not to apply to recipient of pension or benefit<
"1069-D4. Paragraph 1069-D2(c) does not apply to a person who is, or whose partner is, receiving a social security pension or benefit.";
(b) by omitting paragraph 1069-D10(a);
(c) by omitting from the Note to point 1069-D10 "(a) or";
(d) by omitting point 1069-H1 and substituting the following point:

Persons to whom the income test applies<
"1069-H1. The income tests in Submodules 3 and 4 apply to a person unless the person, or the person's partner, is receiving a social security pension or benefit or a service pension.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 6
Consequential amendments

6. The Principal Act is amended as set out in the Schedule.

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 7
Schedule 1A

7. Schedule 1A of the Principal Act is amended by adding at the end the following clause:

Transitional saving for existing student parents<
"69. The amendments to this Act made by section 5 of the Social Security Amendment Act (No. 2) 1993 do not apply to a person who, prior to 1 January 1994, was eligible to receive payments in respect of the Post-Graduate Awards Scheme, until the person loses such eligibility by operation of this Act other than as it is amended by section 5."

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - PART 4
PART 4-REDUCED INCOME CEILING AND ASSETS VALUE LIMIT FOR BASIC FAMILY
PAYMENT

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 8
Qualification for individual family payment

8. Section 838 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from paragraph (1)(d) "$607,250" and substituting "$550,000";
(b) by adding at the end of Note 5 to subsection (1) the following:
"The first indexation is to take place on 1 January 1995 (see subsection 1192(4A)).".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 9
Family Payment Rate Calculator

9. The Rate Calculator in section 1069 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from column 1 of Table H in point 1069-H26 "$64,938.00" and substituting "$60,000.00";
(b) by omitting from column 2 of Table H in point 1069-H26 "$3,249.00" and substituting "$3,000.00";
(c) by omitting the Note to Table H in point 1069-H26 and substituting the following Note:
"Note: The amounts in the Table are indexed in line with CPI increases (see sections 1191 to 1194). The first indexation is to take place on 1 January 1995 (see subsection 1192(4A)).".
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SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 10
Access to financial hardship rules-family payment

10. Section 1132A of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from subsection (3) "$600,000" and substituting "$550,000";
(b) by adding at the end of subsection (3) the following Note:
"Note: The amount in this subsection is indexed annually in line with CPI increases (see sections 1191 to 1994). The first indexation is to take place on 1 January 1995 (see subsection 1192(4A)).".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 11
Indexed and adjusted amounts

11. Section 1190 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting item 21 from the Indexed and Adjusted Amounts Table and substituting the following item:
"21. Income ceiling for base rate for family payment
FP base rate income ceiling
(Family Payment Rate Calculator-Module H-Table H-columns 1 and 2)";
(b) by inserting in column 4 of item 34A of the Indexed and Adjusted Amounts Table "(subsection 1132A(3))" after "(paragraph 838(1)(d))".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 12
CPI Indexation Table

12. Section 1191 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from column 2 of item 15 of the CPI Indexation Table in subsection (1) "basic ceiling for the base rate of family payment" and substituting "FP base rate income ceiling".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 13
Indexation of amounts

13. Section 1192 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from subsection (4) ", 15, 24A";
(b) by inserting after subsection (4) the following subsection:

"(4A) The first indexation of the amounts to which items 15 and 24A of the CPI Indexation Table in subsection 1191(1) relate is to take place on 1 January 1995.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - PART 5
PART 5-LIMIT ARREARS OF FAMILY PAYMENT

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 14
General definitions

14. Section 23 of the Principal Act is amended by adding at the end the following subsection:

Notices that are taken to be given but are not received<
"(12) If:
(a) section 1302A of this Act applies to a notice of a decision under this Act; or
(b) sections 28A and 29 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 apply to a notice under this Act;
section 1302A applies, or sections 28A and 29 apply, to the notice even if the Secretary is satisfied that the person did not actually receive the notice.
Note: An example of a circumstance that is likely to satisfy the Secretary that the person did not actually receive the notice is if the notice is sent back to the Department marked 'return to sender' or 'not at this address' or 'whereabouts unknown'.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 15
Insertion of new section

15. After section 873 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted in Division 8 of Part 2.17:

Secretary may require recipient to give notice of change of address<
"873A.(1) The Secretary may give a recipient of family payment a notice that requires the recipient to inform the Department if the recipient has changed or changes his or her address.

"(2) A notice under subsection (1):
(a) must be in writing; and
(b) may be given personally or by post; and
(c) must specify how the recipient is to give the information to the Department; and
(d) must specify the period within which the recipient is to give the information to the Department; and
(e) must specify that the notice is a notice given under this Act.

"(3) The period specified under paragraph (2)(d) must end:
(a) at least 14 days after the day on which the recipient changes address; or
(b) at least 14 days after the day on which the notice is given; whichever is the later.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 16
Continuing effect of determination

16. Section 874 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from paragraph (1)(d) "or 881" and substituting ", 881 or 881A".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 17
Insertion of new section

17. After section 881 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted:

Suspension for failure to comply with section 873, 1304 or 1305 notice after

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being given a section 873A notice<
"881A.(1) If:
(a) a recipient is given a notice under section 873A; and
(b) the recipient is given a notice under section 873, 1304 or 1305; and
(c) the recipient does not comply with the requirements set out in the section 873, 1304 or 1305 notice; and
(d) the Secretary is satisfied that the recipient did not comply because the recipient changed his or her address;
the Secretary may determine that the family payment is to be suspended.

"(2) The Secretary may determine that the recipient's family payment is to be suspended even if the Secretary is not satisfied that:
(a) the recipient has ceased to be qualified for family payment; or
(b) family payment has ceased to be payable to the recipient.

"(3) Subsection (1) does not limit the Secretary's power to suspend the recipient's family payment under section 881.
Note 1: This section will not apply if section 880 applies.
Note 2: For the date of effect of a determination under this section see section 889.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 18
Date of effect of adverse determination

18. Section 889 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from subsection (1) "or 881" and substituting ", 881 or 881A";
(b) by inserting in paragraph (4)(a) ", 873A" after "873".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 19
Insertion of new section

19. After section 1243 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted:

Certain determinations not to be revived
"1243A.(1) If:
(a) the Secretary makes a determination (the 'first determination') that:
(i) a social security payment is granted or is payable to a person;
or
(ii) a social security payment is payable at a particular rate to
the person; and
(b) the Secretary makes a determination (the 'second determination'):
(i) to cancel the social security payment; or
(ii) to reduce the rate at which the social security payment is
payable; and
(c) notice of the second determination is given to the person; and
(d) the person applies to the Secretary under section 1240 for review of the second determination; and
(e) the application is made more than 13 weeks after the notice is given; and
(f) a decision (the 'review decision') is made by the Secretary, an authorised review officer, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and
(g) the review decision, or the effect of the review decision, is:
(i) to set aside the second determination; or
(ii) to affirm a decision setting aside the second determination;
the following provisions have effect:
(h) the second determination does not become void from the time when it was made;
(i) the mere setting aside of the second determination does not of itself revive the first determination.

"(2) In this section, a person is taken to have applied for review of a determination (the 'primary determination') if:
(a) the person applies for review of another determination or decision; and
(b) an examination of the primary determination is necessary to resolve the issues raised by the review of that other determination or decision.

"(3) In this section, unless the contrary intention appears: 'social security payment' means:
(a) a social security pension; or
(b) a social security benefit; or
(c) an allowance under this Act; or
(d) a family payment; or
(e) any other kind of payment under Chapter 2 of this Act; or
(f) a pension, benefit or allowance under the 1947 Act.
Note 1: For the meaning of 'given' in relation to a notice of a decision see section 1302A.
Note 2: A notice is taken to have been given to a person even if the Secretary is satisfied that the person did not actually receive the notice (see subsection 23(12)).
Note 3: This section does not apply to a determination by the Secretary to suspend a social security payment. If the Secretary's determination to suspend a social security payment is set aside on review, the recipient is placed in the position that he or she would have occupied if the determination to suspend had not been made.
Note 4: If the Secretary or an authorised review officer decides that a person's social security payment is to resume, or resume at an increased rate, certain sections (eg section 887) restrict the date from which the new determination can take effect. Section 1255 places a similar restriction on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and section 43 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 places a similar restriction on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 20
Certain determinations not to be revived

20. Section 1243A of the Principal Act is amended by omitting subsection (3) but not the Notes to the subsection.

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SECT 21
Notice of decisions under this Act

21. Section 1302A of the Principal Act is amended by adding at the end of subsection (1) the following Note:
"Note 2: Notice of a decision is taken to have been given to a person even if the Secretary is satisfied that the person did not actually receive the notice (see subsection 23(12)).".

SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENT ACT (No. 2) 1993 No. 120, 1993 - SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE Section 6
CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS
Section 842:
Repeal the section, substitute:
Family payment generally not payable before claim
"842. Subject to sections 846 and 847, family payment is not payable
to a person before the provisional commencement day (identified under
section 843).".
Section 845A:
Repeal.
Subsections 887(8A) and (8B):
Omit.