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Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982

Act No. 40 of 1982 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 142 of 1986
Registered 26 Nov 2009
Start Date 09 Dec 1986
End Date 22 Jun 1995
Date of repeal 27 Sep 2006
Repealed by Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2006

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982
- Updated as at 14 February 1994 (HISTACT CHAP 1733 #DATE 14:02:1994)

*1* The Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982 as shown in this reprint comprises Act No. 40, 1982 amended as indicated in the Tables below.
Table of Acts
Act Date Date of Application
Number and of assent commencement saving or
year transitional
provisions
Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982
40, 1982 2 June 1982 2 June 1982
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982
80, 1982 22 Sept 1982 Part XXXVIII (ss. 122-125):
20 Oct 1982 (a) -
Home Deposit Assistance Amendment Act 1983
47, 1983 21 Sept 1983 1 Aug 1983 S. 14
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1984
165, 1984 25 Oct 1984 Ss. 3 and 4: 13 Dec 1984
(see Gazette 1984, No. S519) (b)
Ss. 2 (32), 6 (1), (3) and 9
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985
65, 1985 5 June 1985 S. 3: 3 July 1985 (c) -
Home Deposit Assistance Amendment Act 1986
142, 1986 9 Dec 1986 9 Dec 1986 -
(a) The Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982 was amended by Part XXXVIII (sections 122-125) only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982, subsection 2 (16) of which provides as follows:
"(16) The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on the twenty-eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent."
(b) The Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982 was amended by sections 3 and 4 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1984, subsection 2 (29) of which provides that section 9 and the amendments made to the Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982 shall come into operation on the day fixed by Proclamation for the purposes of subsection 2 (20) of that Act.
(c) The Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985 , subsection 2 (1) of which provides as follows:
"(1) Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty-eighth day after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent."
Table of Amendments
ad=added or inserted am=amended rep=repealed rs=repealed and substituted
Provision affected How affected
S. 3 am. No. 47, 1983
S. 4 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 47, 1983; No. 165, 1984
S. 5 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 6 am. No. 80, 1982
rep. No. 47, 1983
S. 7 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 8 rep. No. 47, 1983
S. 9 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 11 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 47, 1983; No. 165, 1984
S. 13 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 14 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 47, 1983; No. 165, 1984
S. 15 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 16 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984; No. 142, 1986
Ss. 17, 18 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 19 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 47, 1983; No. 165, 1984
Div. 2 of Part III (ss. 20-31)
rep. No. 47, 1983
Ss. 20-23 rep. No. 47, 1983
Ss. 24-31 am. No. 80, 1982
rep. No. 47, 1983
S. 34 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
Ss. 36-38 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 39 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 47, 1983
S. 40 am. No. 80, 1982
S. 41 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 42 am. No. 80, 1982
Ss. 44-46 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 47 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
Ss. 50-56 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
Ss. 58-60 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
S. 63 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 165, 1984
rs. No. 65, 1985
S. 63A ad. No. 165, 1984
S. 64 am. No. 80, 1982; No. 47, 1983; No. 165, 1984;
No. 142, 1986
S. 65 am. No. 47, 1983

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - TABLE OF PROVISIONS

TABLE

TABLE OF PROVISIONS
Section
PART I - PRELIMINARY
1. Short title
2. Commencement
3. Objects of Act
PART II - INTERPRETATION
4. Interpretation
5. Person not intending to reside in dwelling
7. References to spouse
9. Commencement and completion of construction of dwelling
10. Dwelling consisting of part of a building
11. Purchase or ownership of land or dwelling
12. Purchase of home to be moved to other land
13. Dwelling on rural property
14. Trusts etc.
PART III - GRANTS OF ASSISTANCE
Division 1 - Application for, and Making of, Grants
15. Persons who, subject to section 16, may apply
16. Applications
17. Making of grant
18. Grant not payable where applicant previously owned home
19. Grant not payable unless certain conditions satisfied
Division 3 - Prescribed Earnings
32. Interpretation
33. Prescribed earnings
34. Assessment etc. of taxable income
35. Amount of taxable income
36. Adjustment of taxable income in certain cases
37. Relevant year of income in certain cases
38. Directions under sections 36 and 37
Division 4 - Amount of Grant
39. Amount of grant
PART IV - FAMILY BONUSES
40. Interpretation
41. Entitlement to bonus
42. Amount of bonus
43. Application of Act
PART V - ADMINISTRATION
44. Delegation
45. Interpretation
46. Review of decisions
47. Reconsideration of Secretary
48. Notification of rights under section 49
49. Appeals to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
50. Officers to observe secrecy
51. Information as to applicants
52. Powers as to taking of evidence and production of documents
53. Directions
54. Indemnity to certain persons
PART VI - MISCELLANEOUS
55. Payment of grants
56. Advances
57. Appropriation
58. Repayments of grants in certain circumstances
59. Notification of amount of taxable income
60. Adjustments of grants etc.
61. Misleading statements etc.
62. Prosecutions for offences
63. Evidence
63A. References to the Secretary to include references to
Director-General
64. Reports
65. Termination of operation of Act
66. Regulations

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - LONG TITLE

SECT

An Act to assist persons to purchase or build their own homes

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - PART I
PART I - PRELIMINARY

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 1
Short title

SECT

1. This Act may be cited as the Home Deposit Assistance Act 1982.*1* SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 2
Commencement

SECT

2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.*1* SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 3
Objects of Act

SECT

3. The objects of this Act are to encourage and assist persons to purchase or build their own homes, and, in the construction and the administration of this Act, regard shall be had to those objects.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - PART II
PART II - INTERPRETATION

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 4
Interpretation

SECT

4. (1) In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:
"amount of the prescribed earnings, in relation to a sole applicant or joint applicants, means the amount of the prescribed earnings of the applicant or applicants as defined in section 33;
"applicant" means a person who, in accordance with subsection 16 (2), signs, or is deemed by virtue of a direction under subsection 16 (3) to have signed, an application, other than a person in respect of whom a direction under section 5 is in force in relation to that application;
"application" means an application for a grant;
"approved interest" means:
(a) an estate in fee simple;
(b) an interest as purchaser of an estate in fee simple from the Crown in right of a State or of the Northern Territory where payment of the purchase price is to be made by instalments over a period of years;
(c) an estate for life approved by the Secretary for the purposes of this Act;
(d) a lease for a term of years if the Secretary is satisfied that the lease gives reasonable security of tenure to the lessee for a substantial period;
(e) a licence or right of occupancy from the Crown in right of the Commonwealth, of a State or of the Northern Territory if the Secretary is satisfied that the licence or right of occupancy gives reasonable security of tenure to the licensee or holder of the right;
(f) an interest of the kind referred to in section 13; or
(g) any other interest declared by the regulations to be an approved interest for the purposes of this Act;
"deceased spouse, in relation to an applicant, means a person who died before the prescribed date and was, on the date of his or her death, the spouse of the applicant;
"grant" means a grant under this Act;
"joint applicant" means any one of 2 or more persons who are applicants in respect of the same application;
"lease" includes sub-lease;
"officer" means a person exercising powers, or performing duties or functions, under or in relation to this Act;
"prescribed date", in relation to a sole applicant who has, or joint applicants one of whom has, or 2 or more of whom together have, entered into a contract of a kind referred to in paragraph 15 (1) (a) or (b), or commenced the construction of a dwelling as referred to in paragraph 15 (1) (c) (whether or not the construction has been completed), means the date that is the date of the contract for the purposes of section 15 or the date on which the construction commenced, as the case may be;
"prescribed person", in relation to a dwelling, means a person who is a prescribed person in relation to that dwelling by virtue of subsection 15 (1), other than a person in respect of whom a direction under section 5 is in force in relation to that dwelling;
"rural property" means:
(a) land used wholly or substantially for carrying on the business of primary production; or
(b) land that the Secretary is satisfied should, having regard to its extent, location, use or zoning, be regarded as a rural property for the purposes of this Act;
"Secretary" means the Secretary of the Department;
"sole applicant" means an applicant other than a joint applicant.


(4) For the purposes of this Act, a dwelling shall not be taken to be a dwelling, in relation to a person or persons, if the Secretary is satisfied that it would be unreasonable to regard that dwelling as suitable for the purposes of constituting the principal place of residence of the person or persons.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 5
Person not intending to reside in dwelling

SECT

5. Where a person is:
(a) a prescribed person in relation to a dwelling; or
(b) an applicant in respect of an application in relation to a dwelling;
and the Secretary is satisfied that:
(c) the person:
(i) was, on the prescribed date, the spouse of a prescribed person in
relation to the dwelling;
(ii) has resided in the dwelling as his principal place of residence;
and
(iii) no longer so resides and does not intend so to reside within a
reasonable time; or
(d) the person has not resided in the dwelling as his principal place of residence and does not intend so to reside within a reasonable time;
the Secretary may, in his discretion, direct that, for the purposes of this Act, the person is to be deemed not to be, and never to have been:
(e) where paragraph (a) applies - a prescribed person in relation to the dwelling; or
(f) where paragraph (b) applies - an applicant in respect of the application.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 7
References to spouse

SECT

7. (1) A reference in this Act, in relation to a date, to the spouse of a person shall be read as a reference to:
(a) a person who, on that date, was legally married to the first-mentioned person, except where, by virtue of a direction of the Secretary under subsection (2), the persons are to be treated, for the purposes of this paragraph, as if they were not spouses on that date; or
(b) a person who, on that date, was living with the first-mentioned person as husband or wife on a bona fide domestic basis although not legally married to that person.


(2) Where the Secretary is satisfied that, on a particular date, persons who were legally married to each other were living apart and had no intention of resuming co-habitation, he may direct that, for the purposes of paragraph (1) (a), they shall be treated as persons who were not spouses on that date.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 9
Commencement and completion of construction of dwelling

SECT

9. (1) For the purposes of this Act:
(a) the construction of a dwelling shall be taken to have commenced on:
(i) the day on which work commenced on the laying of the foundations of
the dwelling; or
(ii) if the Secretary determines that, having regard to all the
circumstances, the construction of the dwelling should be treated as having commenced on a later day - that later day; and
(b) the completion of the construction of a partly constructed dwelling shall be taken to have commenced on such date as the Secretary determines, having regard to all the circumstances, should be treated as the date on which that construction commenced to be completed.


(2) Unless the contrary intention appears, a reference in this Act to the construction of a dwelling by a person (whether through a building-contractor or not) shall, if the construction of the dwelling was commenced by another person (whether through a building-contractor or not), be read as a reference to the completion of the construction of the dwelling by the first-mentioned person.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 10
Dwelling consisting of part of a building

SECT

10. (1) A reference in this Act to the construction of a dwelling shall be read, in the case of a dwelling that is, or is to be, a part of a building, as a reference to the construction of that building.


(2) A reference in this Act to the land on which a dwelling is, or is to be, erected shall be read, in the case of a dwelling that is, or is to be, a part of a building, as a reference to the land on which that building is, or is to be, erected.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 11
Purchase or ownership of land or dwelling

SECT

11. (1) A reference in this Act to purchase, or to ownership, in relation to land or an undivided share in land, shall be read as a reference to purchase or ownership, as the case may be, otherwise than as trustee, of an approved interest in the land or in the undivided share, as the case may be.


(2) A reference in this Act to purchase, or to ownership, in relation to a dwelling, shall be read as a reference to purchase or ownership, as the case may be, otherwise than as trustee, of:
(a) whether or not the dwelling is a dwelling of a kind referred to in paragraph (b) - the land on which the dwelling is, or is to be, erected; or
(b) where the dwelling is, or is to be, a part of a building or is, or is to be, one of 2 or more buildings erected on a single parcel of land:
(i) an approved interest in the dwelling in pursuance of a law of a
State or internal Territory that enables the holding or enjoyment by different persons of proprietary rights in respect of different parts of that building or of different buildings erected on that parcel of land, as the case may be;
(ii) shares in the capital of a company that is the owner of the land
on which the dwelling is, or is to be, erected, being shares that entitle the holder to a right of occupancy (whether under a lease or otherwise) in respect of the dwelling; or
(iii) an undivided share in the land on which the dwelling is, or is to
be, erected, where the owner of that share is, or is to be, entitled to a right of occupancy in respect of the dwelling.


(3) For the purposes of this section:
(a) the purchase or ownership of an approved interest in land or in a dwelling by a person or persons (in this subsection referred to as the "relevant person" or "relevant persons ) jointly with another person or other persons; or
(b) the purchase or ownership of an undivided share in an approved interest in land or in a dwelling by a person or persons (in this subsection also referred to as the "relevant person" or "relevant persons );
being land or a dwelling in respect of which the relevant person is, or the relevant persons are, entitled to an exclusive right of occupancy, shall, if the Secretary in his discretion so determines, be treated as if it were the purchase or ownership, as the case may be, of that approved interest in the land or dwelling by the relevant person or relevant persons, as the case may be.


(4) For the purposes of this section, the purchase or ownership of shares in the capital of a company by a person or persons (in this subsection referred to as the "relevant person" or "relevant persons") jointly with another person or other persons, being shares that, together with an agreement between the relevant person or relevant persons and that other person or those other persons, entitle the relevant person or relevant persons to an exclusive right of occupancy in respect of a dwelling, shall, if the Secretary in his discretion so determines, be treated as if it were the purchase or ownership, as the case may be, of those shares by the relevant person or relevant persons, as the case may be.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 12
Purchase of home to be moved to other land

SECT

12. Where a person has, or persons together have, entered into a contract for the purchase of a structure for removal to land situated in Australia, being a structure intended for use as a dwelling on that land, then, for the purposes of this Act:
(a) that contract and any other contract relating to the removal of that structure to, or its siting on, that land shall be deemed to be a contract for the construction by a building-contractor of a dwelling on that land; and
(b) construction under that last-mentioned contract shall be deemed to have commenced on the date on which the contract for the purchase of the structure was entered into.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 13
Dwelling on rural property

SECT

13. Where:
(a) on or after 18 March 1982, a person has, or persons together have:
(i) entered into a contract for the construction by a
building-contractor, on land situated in Australia, of a dwelling the construction of which commenced on or after that date; or
(ii) commenced to construct a dwelling on land situated in Australia,
otherwise than through a building-contractor; and
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that the land forms part of a rural property owned by another person (whether that other person holds the land as a trustee or not) who has given permission to the first-mentioned person or persons to occupy the dwelling when completed;
then, for the purposes of this Act, that permission shall be deemed to create an interest in the land in favour of that first-mentioned person or those first-mentioned persons, and that first-mentioned person or those first-mentioned persons shall be deemed to be the owner or owners of that interest.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 14
Trusts etc.

SECT

14. (1) Where:
(a) the owner of land or a dwelling holds the land or dwelling in trust for another person; or
(b) a person has entered into a contract for the purchase of land or a dwelling to be held in trust for another person;
and the Secretary is satisfied that the other person will become the owner of the land or dwelling, the other person shall, for the purposes of this Act, other than sections 26 and 27, be deemed to be the owner of the land or dwelling or to have entered into the contract for the purchase of the land or dwelling, as the case may be.


(2) Where:
(a) a person has entered into a contract for the construction by a building-contractor of a dwelling, being a dwelling that the Secretary is satisfied will be owned by the person as trustee for another person; or
(b) a person has, at the request of another person, entered into a contract, otherwise than as an agent of the other person, for the construction by a building-contractor of a dwelling, being a dwelling that the Secretary is satisfied will be owned by the other person;
the other person shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have entered into the contract.


(3) Section 11 has effect in relation to paragraphs (1) (a) and (b) and (2) (a) of this section as if there were omitted from subsections 11 (1) and (2) the words ", otherwise than as trustee,"(wherever occurring).

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - PART III
PART III - GRANTS OF ASSISTANCE

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - DIVISION 1
Division 1 - Application for, and Making of, Grants

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 15
Persons who, subject to section 16, may apply

SECT

15. (1) Where, on or after 18 March 1982, a person (in this section referred to as the "home acquirer") has, or 2 or more persons (in this section referred to as the "home acquirers") together have:
(a) entered into a contract for the purchase of a dwelling situated in Australia;
(b) entered into a contract for the construction by a building-contractor of a dwelling on land situated in Australia, being a dwelling that the Secretary is satisfied will be owned:
(i) by the home acquirer or by any of the home acquirers, as the case
may be;
(ii) by a person who, on the date of the contract, was the spouse of
the home acquirer or of any of the home acquirers, as the case may be; or
(iii) jointly by 2 or more persons, each of whom is a person to whom
subparagraph (i) or (ii) applies;
other than a dwelling the construction of which was commenced before 18 March 1982; or
(c) commenced the construction, otherwise than through a building-contractor, of a dwelling on land situated in Australia, being a dwelling that the Secretary is satisfied will be owned:
(i) by the home acquirer or by any of the home acquirers, as the case
may be;
(ii) by a person who, on the date on which the construction commenced,
was the spouse of the home acquirer or of any of the home acquirers, as the case may be; or
(iii) jointly by 2 or more persons, each of whom is a person to whom
subparagraph (i) or (ii) applies;
then, subject to subsection (2) and section 5, the home acquirer or each of the home acquirers, as the case may be, is, and any person who, on the date of the contract, or the date on which construction commenced, as the case may be, was the spouse of the home acquirer or of any of the home acquirers, as the case may be, is, for the purposes of this Act, a prescribed person in relation to the dwelling.


(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person unless, on the relevant date, the person:
(a) has attained the age of 16 years; or
(b) is married or engaged to be married.


(3) Where:
(a) a person is a prescribed person in relation to a dwelling; and
(b) subject to subsection (5), a grant under a prescribed Act or under this Act has not been made to the prescribed person, either alone or jointly with another person;
the prescribed person is, for the purposes of section 16, a person to whom this subsection applies.


(4) Where:
(a) on the date on which a person entered into a contract or commenced construction of a dwelling as mentioned in subsection (1), the person was engaged to be married to another person; and
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that the other person has consented to being treated as the spouse of the first-mentioned person for the purposes of this section;
a reference in this section to a person who, on the date of the contract or on the date on which construction commenced, as the case may be, was the spouse of the first-mentioned person shall be read as including a reference to that other person.


(5) For the purposes of paragraph (3) (b), a grant under a prescribed Act or under this Act shall be deemed not to have been made to a person, or to persons jointly, if, in pursuance of that Act or of this Act, as the case may be, the grant has been repaid to the Commonwealth or the Commonwealth has recovered the grant.


(6) For the purposes of this section, the date of a contract is such date as is determined by the Secretary, being a date:
(a) where paragraph (1) (a) applies - not earlier than the earliest date on which the home acquirer or home acquirers entered into contractual relations with the owner of the dwelling in respect of the purchase of the dwelling; or
(b) where paragraph (1) (b) applies - not earlier than:
(i) the earliest date on which the home acquirer or home acquirers
entered into contractual relations with the building-contractor in respect of the construction of the dwelling; or
(ii) the date on which the construction of the dwelling commenced;

whichever is the sooner.


(7) In this section:
"prescribed Act" means the Homes Savings Grant Act 1964 or the Homes Savings Grant Act 1976;
"relevant date" means:
(a) in relation to a person who is a prescribed person by reason of the entering into by that person or by another person of a contract of the kind mentioned in paragraph (1) (a) or (b) - the date of the contract; and
(b) in relation to a person who is a prescribed person by reason of the commencement of the construction of a dwelling by that person or by another person as mentioned in paragraph (1) (c) - the date on which the construction commenced.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 16
Applications

SECT

16. (1) Where the person, or each person, who is a prescribed person in relation to a dwelling is a person to whom subsection 15 (3) applies in relation to the dwelling, an application for a grant in respect of the dwelling may be made in accordance with this section.


(2) An application for a grant in respect of a dwelling:
(a) shall be in writing in accordance with a form made available by the Secretary;
(b) subject to subsection (3), shall be signed by the person, or by each person, who is a person to whom subsection 15 (3) applies in relation to the dwelling; and
(c) shall be furnished to the Secretary on or before 31 December 1986.


(3) Where:
(a) an application that is required to be signed by 2 or more persons has been signed by any, but not all, of those persons; and
(b) the Secretary is satisfied, in respect of a person who has not signed the application as mentioned in paragraph (a), that:
(i) the person is unable to sign the application because of physical or
mental incapacity, absence or any other reason that the Secretary considers sufficient;
(ii) the person has refused to sign the application;
(iii) the whereabouts of the person are not known; or
(iv) the person has died;

the Secretary may, if he considers that the person who has not signed the application should be treated as an applicant, direct that the person is to be deemed to have signed the application.


(4) An applicant for a grant shall furnish to the Secretary such declarations and other documents as the Secretary requires.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 17
Making of grant

SECT

17. Subject to this Act, the Secretary may make, on behalf of the Commonwealth, a grant of moneys in accordance with this Act in respect of a dwelling to the applicant or applicants, as the case may be, for the grant.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 18
Grant not payable where applicant previously owned home

SECT

18. (1) A grant in respect of a dwelling shall not be made to a sole applicant if the applicant has, or to joint applicants if any of the joint applicants has or have, before the prescribed date, (whether alone or together with another person or other persons):
(a) owned another dwelling in Australia; or
(b) been a party to a contract, other than a contract that was discharged (otherwise than by performance of the contract) before the expiration of 3 months after it was entered into, for the purchase of another dwelling, being a contract that provided for payment of the whole or part of the purchase price by instalments.


(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the ownership of a dwelling, or the entering into of a contract for the purchase of a dwelling, by a person or persons if the Secretary is satisfied that it would be unreasonable to regard that dwelling as the principal place of residence of the person or of those persons.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 19
Grant not payable unlesscertain conditions satisfied

SECT

19.


(2) A grant shall not be made in respect of a dwelling in relation to which paragraph 15 (1) (c) applies unless the dwelling has been completed or the Secretary is satisfied that substantial progress on the construction has been made.


(3) A grant shall not be made in respect of a dwelling unless the Secretary is satisfied that the applicant has or will have, or the applicants have or will have, adequate financial resources (including resources obtained or to be obtained by borrowing) to perform in relation to the dwelling the contract referred to in paragraph 15 (1) (a) or (b), or to complete the construction referred to in paragraph 15 (1) (c), as the case may be.


(4) Subsection (3) does not apply in relation to a contract for the purchase of a dwelling, being a contract that provides for the payment of the whole or part of the purchase price by instalments, if the Secretary is satisfied that it would be unreasonable for that subsection to apply having regard to all the circumstances.


(5) A grant shall not be made to a sole applicant or to joint applicants unless the sole applicant or at least one of the joint applicants is:
(a) an Australian citizen; or
(b) a person normally resident in Australia whose continued presence in Australia is not subject to any limitation as to time imposed by law.


(6) A grant shall not be made to a sole applicant or to joint applicants if the amount of the prescribed earnings of the applicant or applicants, as the case may be, exceeds the amount that is the higher relevant amount for the purposes of subsection 39 (4).

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - DIVISION 3
Division 3 - Prescribed Earnings

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 32
Interpretation

SECT

32. (1) In this Division:
"Assessment Act" means the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936;
"current year of income", in relation to an applicant, means the year of income that includes the prescribed date in relation to the applicant;
"preceding year of income, in relation to an applicant, means the year of income next preceding the current year of income;
"relevant year of income", in relation to an applicant, except as provided in section 37, means the preceding year of income.


(2) A reference in this Division to a certificate stating the amount of the taxable income of a person for a year of income shall be read as a reference to a notice, certificate or other document (including a notice of assessment or amended assessment) issued by or on behalf of the Commissioner, whether for the purposes of the Assessment Act or of this Act, stating, or including a statement of, the amount of the taxable income of the person for the year of income.


(3) Except so far as the contrary intention appears, an expression used in this Division and in the Assessment Act has the same meaning in this Division as in that Act.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 33
Prescribed earnings

SECT

33. (1) For the purposes of this Act, the amount of the prescribed earnings of a sole applicant or of joint applicants is:
(a) in the case of a sole applicant - the amount of the taxable income of the applicant for the relevant year of income; or
(b) in the case of joint applicants - subject to subsection (2), the sum of the amounts of the taxable income of each applicant for the relevant year of income in relation to that applicant.


(2) Where:
(a) an application is made by joint applicants; and
(b) the relevant year of income is not the same year of income in relation to both or all of the applicants;
the amount of the prescribed earnings of the applicants is the sum referred to in paragraph (1) (b) adjusted in accordance with the regulations.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 34
Assessment etc. of taxable income

SECT

34. (1) For the purposes of ascertaining the amount of the taxable income of an applicant for a year of income, the succeeding provisions of this section apply.


(2) The applicant shall furnish to the Secretary:
(a) except where paragraph (b) applies - a certificate stating the amount of his taxable income for the year of income or, if 2 or more such certificates have been issued, the later or latest of those certificates; or
(b) if the Secretary, in his discretion, so directs - a statement in writing, in accordance with a form made available by the Secretary, of the amount of his taxable income for the year of income and of such other particulars as are required by the form.


(3) Notwithstanding that an applicant has furnished a statement in relation to the year of income under paragraph (2) (b), he shall, if the Secretary, in his discretion, so directs, furnish to the Secretary a certificate stating the amount of his taxable income for the year of income.


(4) The Secretary may request the Commissioner to furnish to the Secretary a certificate stating the amount of the taxable income of the applicant for the year of income.


(5) Where the applicant has furnished, in pursuance of the Assessment Act, a return in respect of income derived by him during the year of income, nothing in this Division shall be taken to require the application to be dealt with by the Secretary before a certificate is issued to the applicant stating the amount of his taxable income for the year of income.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 35
Amount of taxable income

SECT

35. For the purposes of this Division, the amount of the taxable income of an applicant for a year of income is, subject to subsection 36 (2), that amount:
(a) as stated in a certificate or, where 2 or more certificates have been issued, in the later or latest of those certificates; or
(b) if no such certificate has been issued - as stated in a statement made under paragraph 34 (2) (b).

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 36
Adjustment of taxable income in certain cases

SECT

36. (1) This section does not apply in relation to an applicant where the relevant year of income in relation to the applicant ends immediately before the prescribed date.


(2) Where an applicant, by notice in writing furnished to the Secretary, requests the Secretary to give a direction under this section and the Secretary is satisfied that the applicant:
(a) ceased, on any day after the first day of the relevant year of income and before the prescribed date, to carry on an income-earning activity and, throughout the period commencing on the first-mentioned day and including the prescribed date, did not carry on any income-earning activity;
(b) has not carried on, or is not likely to carry on, as the case requires, any income-earning activity for a substantial period after the prescribed date; and
(c) will be advantaged by the making of such a direction;
the Secretary shall direct that, for the purposes of section 33, the amount of the taxable income of the applicant for the relevant year of income shall be the amount ascertained in accordance with subsection (3).


(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), an amount shall be ascertained in accordance with the formula:
a (365 - b)
365 - c

where:
a is the amount of the taxable income of the applicant for the relevant year of income ascertained otherwise than in accordance with this section;
b is the number of days in the period that commenced on the day first referred to in paragraph (2) (a) and ended at the expiration of the prescribed date or, if that number is greater than 365, 365; and
c is the number (if any) by which the number of days in the period that commenced at the expiration of the relevant year of income and ended at the expiration of the prescribed date is less than b.


(4) In subsection (2), "income-earning activity", in relation to an applicant, means an activity that results in the applicant deriving income from personal exertion.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 37
Relevant year of income in certain cases

SECT

37. (1) Where an applicant, by notice in writing furnished to the Secretary, requests the Secretary to give a direction under this section and the Secretary is satisfied that:
(a) by reason of circumstances that occurred before the prescribed date, the estimated amount, or the actual amount, of the taxable income of the applicant for the current year of income is less than the amount of his taxable income for the preceding year of income;
(b) the applicant took reasonable steps to avoid those circumstances or to mitigate their effect; and
(c) the applicant will be advantaged by the making of such a direction;
the Secretary shall direct that this section shall apply in relation to the applicant.


(2) Subject to subsection (3), where a direction is given under subsection (1) in relation to an applicant, the relevant year of income in relation to the applicant is the current year of income.


(3) Where a direction is given under subsection (1) in relation to an applicant on the basis of an estimated amount of taxable income and the actual amount is greater than that estimated amount, the relevant year of income in relation to the applicant is the current year of income or the preceding year of income, whichever is of greater advantage to the applicant.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 38
Directions under sections 36 and 37

SECT

38. The Secretary shall not give a direction under both sections 36 and 37 in respect of the same applicant in relation to the same application.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - DIVISION 4
Division 4 - Amount of Grant

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 39
Amount of grant

SECT

39. (1) In ascertaining the amount of a grant to a sole applicant or to joint applicants, the succeeding provisions of this section apply.


(2) Subject to this section, the amount of the grant is $2,500.


(4) Subject to this section, where the amount of the prescribed earnings exceeds the lower relevant amount but does not exceed the higher relevant amount, the amount of the grant is the amount ascertained in accordance with the formula:
a (b - c)
(b - d)

where:
a is the amount that, but for this subsection and subsections (6) and (7), would be the amount of the grant;
b is the higher relevant amount;
c is the amount of the prescribed earnings; and
d is the lower relevant amount.


(5) For the purposes of subsection (4):
(a) the lower relevant amount is $18,900 or, if the regulations otherwise provide, such amount as is ascertained in accordance with the regulations; and
(b) the higher relevant amount is $21,700 or, if the regulations otherwise provide, such amount as is ascertained in accordance with the regulations.


(6) Where, but for this subsection, the amount of the grant would include a fraction of a dollar, then:
(a) if the fraction is less than one-half - the fraction shall be disregarded; or
(b) in any other case - the fraction shall be treated as a dollar.


(7) The grant shall not be made if the amount ascertained in accordance with this section is less than $10.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - PART IV
PART IV - FAMILY BONUSES

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 40
Interpretation

SECT

40. (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2), expressions used in this Part have the same respective meanings as in Part VI of the Social Security Act 1947.


(2) In this Part:
"bonus" means a bonus payable under this Part;
"child" means:
(a) a child within the meaning of Part VI of the Social Security Act 1947; or
(b) a student child within the meaning of that Part;
"endowment" means an endowment, or a family allowance, whichever expression is for the time being defined in Part VI of the Social Security Act 1947, and "endowment period" shall be construed accordingly;
"prescribed period, in relation to a sole applicant or joint applicants, means an endowment period, or that part of an endowment period, that falls within a period commencing on the prescribed date in relation to the applicant or applicants and ending 11 months after that date.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 41
Entitlement to bonus

SECT

41. Where the Secretary is satisfied that:
(a) a grant, or an advance under section 56, is payable or would, but for subsections 39 (6) and (7), or subsection 39 (7), as the case may be, be payable to a sole applicant or to joint applicants; and
(b) an endowment has been, or endowments have been, paid or would, but for section 95A or 95B of the Social Security Act 1947, be payable to the applicant or any of the applicants in respect of the prescribed period;
the Secretary shall, on behalf of the Commonwealth, pay a bonus to the applicant or applicants in accordance with this Part.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 42
Amount of bonus

SECT

42. The amount of the bonus payable to a sole applicant or to joint applicants is:
(a) where there are 2 or more children in respect of whom an endowment has been, or endowments have been, paid or would, but for section 95A or 95B of the Social Security Act 1947, be payable to the sole applicant or to one or more of the joint applicants in respect of the prescribed period - $1,000; or
(b) in any other case - $500.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 43
Application of Act

SECT

43. Section 16 and Parts V and VI (except sections 56 and 60) apply in relation to a bonus in like manner as they apply in relation to a grant.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - PART V
PART V - ADMINISTRATION

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 44
Delegation

SECT

44. (1) The Secretary may, either generally or as otherwise provided by the instrument of delegation, by writing signed by him, delegate to an officer of the Department all or any of his powers under this Act, other than this power of delegation.


(2) A power so delegated, when exercised by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been exercised by the Secretary.


(3) A delegation under this section does not prevent the exercise of a power by the Secretary.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 45
Interpretation

SECT

45. In sections 46 and 47, a reference to a decision of the Secretary shall be read as a reference to a determination, direction, decision or approval of the Secretary, or of a delegate of the Secretary, under this Act.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 46
Review of decisions

SECT

46. Where it appears to the Secretary that sufficient reason exists for reviewing a decision of the Secretary, he may review the decision and may affirm, revoke or vary it.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 47
Reconsideration by Secretary

SECT

47. (1) A person whose interests are affected by a decision of the Secretary, other than a decision under section 34, may, within such time (if any) as is prescribed, request the Secretary to reconsider the decision.


(2) Upon receipt of the request, the Secretary shall reconsider the decision, and may affirm, revoke or vary it.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 48
Notification of rights under section 49

SECT

48. (1) A written notification of a decision made under section 47 to the person at whose request the decision was made shall be accompanied by a statement of the terms of section 49.


(2) The validity of a decision made under section 47 shall not be taken to be affected by a failure to comply with subsection (1).

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 49
Appeals to Administrative Appeals Tribunal

SECT

49. A person whose interests are affected by a decision made under section 47 may make application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the decision.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 50
Officers to observe secrecy

SECT

50. (1) A person who is or has been an officer shall not, directly or indirectly, except for the purposes of this Act, make a record of, or divulge or communicate to any person, any information with respect to the affairs of another person acquired by him in the exercise of his powers, or the performance of his duties or functions, under this Act.
Penalty: $2,000 or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in subsection (1), an officer may:
(a) if the Minister or the Secretary certifies that it is necessary in the public interest that any information acquired by the officer in the exercise of his powers, or the performance of his duties or functions, under this Act should be divulged, divulge that information to such person as the Minister or the Secretary directs;
(b) divulge any such information to any authority or person prescribed by the regulations; or
(c) divulge any such information to a person who, in the opinion of the Secretary, is expressly or impliedly authorized by the person to whom the information relates to obtain it.


(3) An authority to which, or person to whom, information is divulged under subsection (2), and any person under the control of that authority or person, is, in respect of that information, subject to obligations and liabilities under subsection (1) as if the authority or person were a person exercising powers, or performing duties or functions, under this Act and had acquired the information in the exercise of those powers or the performance of those duties or functions.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 51
Information as to applicants

SECT

51. (1) Where the Secretary has reason to believe that a person is in possession of any information in relation to any matter that might affect the payment of a grant to any other person, he may, by notice in writing served by post on the first-mentioned person at the address of the person last known to the Secretary, require the person to furnish to him a confidential report relating to that matter within 14 days after the notice is served.


(2) A person on whom a notice is so served shall not:
(a) without lawful excuse, refuse or fail to comply with the notice; or
(b) furnish a report in response to the notice that, to his knowledge, is false or misleading in a material particular.
Penalty: $500.


(3) The Secretary shall not exercise his powers under subsection (1) except with the approval of the Minister.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 52
Powers as to taking of evidence and production of documents

SECT

52. (1) The Secretary may, for the purposes of this Act:
(a) summon witnesses;
(b) receive evidence on oath or affirmation; and
(c) require the production of documents.


(2) A person who has been summoned to appear before the Secretary shall not, without lawful excuse, after tender of reasonable expenses, fail to appear in obedience to the summons.


(3) A person, whether summoned or not, who appears before the Secretary shall not, without lawful excuse:
(a) refuse to be sworn as a witness or to make an affirmation;
(b) fail to answer any question that he is lawfully required to answer; or
(c) fail to produce any document that he is lawfully required to produce.
Penalty: $1,000.


(4) The Secretary shall not exercise his powers under paragraph (1) (a) or (c) except with the approval of the Minister.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 53
Directions

SECT

53. A direction by the Secretary under this Act shall be by instrument in writing.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 54
Indemnity to certain persons

SECT

54. Nothing contained in any law of a State or Territory operates so as to prevent a person from furnishing any information, or making any books, documents or papers available, to the Secretary or to an officer for the purposes of this Act.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - PART VI
PART VI - MISCELLANEOUS

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 55
Payment of grants

SECT

55. (1) A grant to a sole applicant shall be paid to the applicant or, if the applicant so requests in writing and the Secretary approves, to another person nominated by the applicant.


(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a grant to joint applicants shall be paid to the joint applicants or, if the joint applicants so request in writing and the Secretary approves, to a person or persons nominated by the joint applicants.


(3) Where a joint applicant has died before the payment of a grant, subsection (2) applies in relation to the payment of the grant as if the reference in that subsection to the joint applicants did not include a reference to the deceased joint applicant.


(4) Where, for any reason, the Secretary considers that it is not practicable to pay a grant to all the joint applicants in respect of an application, he may pay the grant to such of those joint applicants as he considers appropriate.


(5) A grant paid in accordance with a request under subsection (1) to a person other than the sole applicant or paid under subsection (2) or (4) otherwise than to all the joint applicants in respect of an application shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been paid to the sole applicant, or to all the joint applicants, as the case may be.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 56
Advances

SECT

56. (1) Where:
(a) the Secretary is satisfied that:
(i) the amount of the prescribed earnings of a sole applicant or of
joint applicants has not been ascertained in accordance with Division 3 of Part III at the time of the making of the application and cannot be so ascertained within a reasonable period after that time; and
(ii) the applicant has, or applicants have, taken all reasonable steps
to supply the information necessary to ascertain that amount; and
(b) he estimates, from such information in his possession as he considers sufficient, that an amount of a grant will be payable to the applicant or applicants;
he may make an advance on account of the grant of an amount not exceeding 80% of the amount so estimated.


(2) Part V and this Part (except section 60) apply in relation to an advance in like manner as they apply in relation to a grant.


(3) Nothing in subsection (1) shall be taken to limit the amount of any bonus that may be payable under Part IV in connection with an advance.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 57
Appropriation

SECT

57. Grants are payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 58
Repayments of grants in certain circumstances

SECT

58. (1) This section applies where a grant has been paid in respect of a dwelling whose purchase or construction had not been completed on the date on which the application for the grant was made.


(2) Where:
(a) in the case of a dwelling the purchase of which had not been completed on the date on which the application for the grant was made:
(i) the purchase of the dwelling is not completed within 3 months after
the date specified in the application as the date on which it was expected that the purchase would be completed or, if no date was so specified, within 3 months after the date of payment of the grant; or
(ii) the contract for the purchase of the dwelling is discharged
otherwise than by performance of the contract; or
(b) in the case of a dwelling the construction of which had not been completed on the date on which the application for the grant was made:
(i) the construction of the dwelling is not completed within 6
months after the date specified in the application as the date on which it was expected that the construction would be completed or, if no date was so specified, within 6 months after the date of payment of the grant;
(ii) if the dwelling was being, or was to be, constructed by a
building-contractor - the contract for the construction of the dwelling is discharged otherwise than by performance of the contract; or
(iii) before the expiration of 12 months after the prescribed date, the
applicant, in the case of a sole applicant, does not become the owner, or none of the applicants, in the case of joint applicants, becomes the owner, of the dwelling;
and the Secretary is not forthwith notified in writing of the fact, then the sole applicant, or each of the joint applicants, as the case may be, is guilty of an offence punishable, upon conviction, by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 6 months, or both.


(3) Upon the occurrence of any of the circumstances referred to in paragraph (2) (a) or (b), the Secretary may require the sole applicant or each of the joint applicants, as the case may be, by notice in writing served by post on the applicant, or each of the applicants, as the case may be, at the address of the applicant last known to the Secretary, to pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the grant and, in that case, the amount so payable is recoverable by the Commonwealth in a court of competent jurisdiction from the applicant, or jointly or severally from the applicants, as a debt due to the Commonwealth.


(4) The reference in subsection (3) to each joint applicant shall be read as not including a reference to a joint applicant who died before the payment of the grant.


(5) The Commonwealth is not, by virtue of subsection (3), entitled to recover from the persons referred to in that subsection amounts that, in the aggregate, exceed the total amount of the debt due to the Commonwealth.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 59
Notification of amount of taxable income

SECT

59. (1) Where:
(a) an applicant has furnished to the Secretary a certificate, or a statement under paragraph 34 (2) (b), stating the amount of his taxable income for a year of income; and
(b) he subsequently receives a certificate, or a further certificate, as the case may be, stating the amount of his taxable income for the year of income and the amount so stated is greater than the amount referred to in paragraph (a);
he shall forthwith furnish the certificate to the Secretary or, if he is unable to do so, furnish to the Secretary, in lieu of that certificate, a fresh certificate stating the amount of his taxable income for the year of income.
Penalty: $1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.


(2) An expression used in this section and in Division 3 of Part III has the same meaning in this section as in that Division.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 60
Adjustments of grants etc.

SECT

60. (1) Where:
(a) an amount of a grant has been paid to a sole applicant or to joint applicants in consequence of a false or misleading statement or representation made by the applicant or by any of the applicants or a failure or omission by the applicant or by any of the applicants to comply with a provision of this Act;
(b) an amount of a grant has been paid to a sole applicant or to joint applicants on the basis of an amount of the prescribed earnings of the applicant or applicants and the amount of those prescribed earnings is subsequently determined to be a greater amount; or
(c) an advance has been paid to a sole applicant or to joint applicants on account of a grant and it is subsequently determined that no grant is payable or that the amount of the grant payable is less than the amount of the advance;
an amount equal to so much of the grant as is overpaid, the amount of the advance, or so much of the advance as exceeds the amount of the grant payable, as the case may be, is recoverable under this section from the applicant or applicants.


(2) Where:
(a) an amount equal to the whole of a grant or of an advance is recoverable under this section from an applicant or applicants; and
(b) a bonus has been paid in connection with the grant or the advance;
an amount equal to the bonus is recoverable under this section from the applicant or applicants.


(3) An amount recoverable under this section from an applicant or applicants is a debt due to the Commonwealth by the applicant, or by the applicants jointly and severally, as the case may be, and may be recovered by the Commonwealth in a court of competent jurisdiction.


(4) The Commonwealth is not, by virtue of subsection (3), entitled to recover from the persons referred to in that subsection amounts that, in the aggregate, exceed the total amount of the debt due to the Commonwealth.


(5) Where:
(a) on the basis of an amount of the prescribed earnings of a sole applicant or of joint applicants it has been determined that no grant is payable, or that an amount of a grant is payable, to the applicant or applicants; and
(b) the amount of those prescribed earnings is subsequently determined to be a lesser amount;
the Secretary may pay to the applicant or applicants any amount of grant, or increase in the amount of grant, as the case may be, determined on the basis of the second-mentioned amount of prescribed earnings.


(6) A payment shall not be made under subsection (5) if the amount that would, but for this subsection, be payable is less than $10.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 61
Misleading statements etc.

SECT

61. (1) A person shall not:
(a) in connection with, or in support of, an application for a grant; or
(b) with intent to deceive an officer;
make, whether orally or in writing, a statement that, to his knowledge, is false or misleading in a material particular.
Penalty: $1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.


(2) A person shall not obtain payment of a grant by means of a statement that, to his knowledge, is false or misleading in a material particular or by means of impersonation or a fraudulent device.
Penalty: $2,000 or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.


(3) Where a person is convicted of an offence against this section, the court may, in addition to imposing a penalty in respect of the offence, order him to pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of any grant under this Act paid in consequence of the act, failure or omission in respect of which he was convicted.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 62
Prosecutions for offences

SECT

62. Proceedings for an offence against this Act or the regulations may be commenced at any time within 3 years after the commission of the offence.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 63
Evidence

SECT

63. (1) The Secretary may by instrument in writing:
(a) create offices for the purposes of this section; and
(b) appoint persons to those offices.


(2) All courts shall take judicial notice of the signature of any person:
(a) who holds or has held the office of Secretary; or
(b) who holds or has held an office under subsection (1);
and of the fact that that person holds or has held that office, if the signature purports to be attached or appended to an official document, and any such document purporting to be so signed is prima facie evidence in all courts of the facts and statements contained in the document.


(3) A certificate in writing signed by a person who holds or has held an office referred to in subsection (2) certifying:
(a) that assistance of a specified amount was paid to a specified person or to specified persons on a specified date; or
(b) that a specified amount is the amount of assistance paid to a specified person or to specified persons in consequence of a specified act, failure or omission;
is prima facie evidence in all courts of the matters certified.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 63A
References to the Secretary to include references to Director-General

SECT

63A. A reference in this Act to the Secretary shall, in relation to the doing of any act or thing under this Act:
(a) during the period commencing on 2 June 1982 and ending on 30 June 1982 - be read as a reference to the Director-General of Social Services or to a delegate of the Director-General of Social Services; and
(b) during the period commencing on 1 July 1982 and ending on 10 March 1983 - be read as a reference to the Director-General of Social Security or to a delegate of the Director-General of Social Security.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 64
Reports

SECT

64. (1) The Secretary shall, as soon as practicable after 30 June in each year up to and including 1987, furnish to the Minister a report as to the administration and operation of this Act during the year that ended on that date.


(2) The Minister shall cause a copy of each report of the Secretary to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the receipt of the report by the Minister.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 65
Termination of operation of Act

SECT

65. A grant is not payable to a sole applicant or to joint applicants if the prescribed date, or the date that is the assumed date for the purposes of subsection 39 (8), in relation to the applicant or applicants is later than 30 September 1983.

HOME DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE ACT 1982 - SECT 66
Regulations

SECT

66. The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing matters:
(a) required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or
(b) necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act;
and, in particular, prescribing penalties not exceeding a fine of $500 for offences against the regulations.