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A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to aged care, and for related purposes
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Registered 26 Sep 2007
Introduced HR 19 Sep 2007

2004‑2005‑2006‑2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aged Care Amendment (Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians) Bill 2007

 

No.      , 2007

 

(Health and Ageing)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to aged care, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Aged Care Act 1997                                                                                 3

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                      3

Part 2—Application and transitional provisions                                                   39

Schedule 2—Aged Care (Bond Security) Act 2006                                           43

Schedule 3—Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Act 2006                               44

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to aged care, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Aged Care Amendment (Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians) Act 2007.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, items 1 to 12

20 March 2008.

20 March 2008

3.  Schedule 1, item 13

At the same time as item 16 of Schedule 1 to the Aged Care Amendment (Residential Care) Act 2007 commences.

 

4.  Schedule 1, items 14 to 171

20 March 2008.

20 March 2008

5.  Schedule 1, Part 2

20 March 2008.

20 March 2008

6.  Schedules 2 and 3

20 March 2008.

20 March 2008

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by both Houses of the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Aged Care Act 1997

Part 1Amendments

1  Section 3‑6

Repeal the section, substitute:

3‑6  The structure of this Act

                   This diagram sets out the basic structure of this Act.

 

2  At the end of subsection 4‑1(2)

Add “, except the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands”.

3  At the end of section 4‑1

Add:

             (3)  Despite subsection (1), Parts 2.2, 2.5 and 3.1 apply in relation to the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands as if those Territories were part of Western Australia and were not Territories.

Note:          This has the effect that references in Parts 2.2, 2.5 and 3.1 to a Territory do not apply to the Territory of Christmas Island or the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and that references in those Parts to a State will be relevant to Western Australia as if it included those Territories.

4  Section 5‑2 (note 2)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 2:       Allocation of funding for *residential care grants, *community care grants and *flexible care grants is dealt with in Parts 5.1, 5.2 and 5.2A respectively, and not in this Chapter.

5  Paragraph 12‑5(1)(b)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

6  Subparagraph 12‑5(3)(d)(ii)

After “to be”, insert “*supported residents,”.

7  After subsection 12‑6(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  If the Secretary determines the *regions within Western Australia, he or she must determine that one of those regions consists of the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

8  Subparagraph 13‑2(3)(e)(ii)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

9  Subparagraph 14‑5(4)(a)(ii)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

10  Subsection 15‑4(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  In deciding whether to vary or revoke the *provisional allocation, the Secretary must consider:

                     (a)  any submissions made within that period; and

                     (b)  any matters specified in the Allocation Principles.

11  At the end of section 15‑5

Add:

             (7)  In deciding whether to vary the *provisional allocation, the Secretary must have regard to any matters specified in the Allocation Principles.

12  Subparagraph 16‑6(e)(ii)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

13  Subsections 25‑4D(1) and (2)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

14  Subsections 32‑3(3) and (4)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

15  Subparagraph 32‑4(1)(a)(i)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                              (i)  are *supported residents, *concessional residents or *assisted residents; or

16  Section 37‑1

Before “concessional resident supplements”, insert “accommodation supplements or”.

17  Paragraph 38‑5(1)(b)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

18  After subsection 42‑5(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  A determination made under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

19  Section 42‑8

Before “If:”, insert “(1)”.

20  At the end of section 42‑8

Add:

             (2)  A notice given under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

21  After section 43‑4

Insert:

43‑4A  Variations of claims for residential care subsidy

             (1)  An approved provider may vary the claim made in respect of a *payment period within:

                     (a)  2 years after the end of the payment period; or

                     (b)  such longer period as is determined in respect of the claim by the Secretary.

             (2)  In determining a longer period for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the Secretary must be satisfied that a variation is required:

                     (a)  due to an administrative error made by the Commonwealth or an agent of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  because the Commonwealth or an agent of the Commonwealth considers that the circumstances of a care recipient are different from those on the basis of which subsidy was claimed.

Note:          Determinations of periods under paragraph (1)(b) are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (3)  A determination made under paragraph (1)(b) is not a legislative instrument.

22  Paragraph 43‑8(1)(a)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

23  After subsection 43‑8(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  A notice given under subsection (3) is not a legislative instrument.

24  Subsection 44‑3(2)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

25  Before paragraph 44‑5(a)

Insert:

                  (aaa)  the accommodation supplement (see section 44‑5A);

26  After section 44‑5

Insert:

44‑5A  The accommodation supplement

             (1)  The accommodation supplement for the care recipient in respect of the *payment period is the sum of all the accommodation supplements for the days during the period on which:

                     (a)  the care recipient was provided with residential care (other than *respite care) through the residential care service in question; and

                     (b)  the care recipient was eligible for an accommodation supplement.

             (2)  The care recipient is eligible for an accommodation supplement on a particular day if, on that day:

                     (a)  the care recipient’s *classification level is not the lowest applicable classification level; and

                     (b)  the care recipient is a *supported resident; and

                     (c)  the residential care service is *certified; and

                     (d)  the residential care provided to the care recipient is not provided on an extra service basis for the purposes of Division 36.

             (3)  The accommodation supplement for a particular day is the amount:

                     (a)  determined by the Minister by legislative instrument; or

                     (b)  worked out in accordance with a method determined by the Minister by legislative instrument.

             (4)  The Minister may determine different amounts (including nil amounts) or methods based on any one or more of the following:

                     (a)  the value of assets held by a care recipient;

                     (b)  any other matter specified in the Residential Care Subsidy Principles.

44‑5B  Meaning of supported resident

             (1)  A person is a supported resident on a particular day if:

                     (a)  on that day, the person is being provided with residential care (other than *respite care) through a residential care service; and

                     (b)  on that day, the person is a *post‑2008 reform resident; and

                     (c)  the amount determined by the Secretary by legislative instrument in relation to that day for the purposes of this paragraph is equal to or more than the value of the person’s assets at the time at which the person *entered the residential care service or such other time specified in the Residential Care Subsidy Principles.

Note:          Some *supported residents may be required to pay an *accommodation bond or an *accommodation charge—see sections 57‑12 and 57A‑6.

If there is financial hardship

             (2)  A person is also a supported resident if:

                     (a)  a determination is in force under section 57‑14 or 57A‑9 in respect of the person; and

                     (b)  the person is a *post‑2008 reform resident.

44‑5C  Meaning of post‑2008 reform resident

                   A person is a post‑2008 reform resident if the person is being provided with residential care through a residential care service and the person is not a *pre‑2008 reform resident.

44‑5D  Meaning of pre‑2008 reform resident

             (1)  A person is a pre‑2008 reform resident if:

                     (a)  the person is being provided with residential care through a residential care service; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  the person *entered a residential care service before 20 March 2008; or

                             (ii)  the person was on *pre‑entry leave from a residential care service immediately before 20 March 2008 and the person entered the residential care service on or after 20 March 2008 at the end of that pre‑entry leave; and

                     (c)  the person has not had a break in residential care of more than 28 days between:

                              (i)  the last residential care service through which residential care was provided, or taken to be provided, to the person before 20 March 2008 and the next residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the person; and

                             (ii)  any residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the person on or after 20 March 2008 and the next residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the person.

             (2)  The period:

                     (a)  beginning on the day on which a person ceases to be provided with residential care through a residential care service (other than because the person is on *leave from the residential care service); and

                     (b)  ending on the day on which the person *enters, or begins *pre‑entry leave, with the next residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the person;

is a break in residential care for the person.

             (3)  For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), a person is not provided, or taken to be provided, with residential care during any period during which the person is being provided with *respite care.

44‑5E  Meaning of pre‑entry leave

                   A care recipient is on pre‑entry leave from a residential care service on a particular day if, on that day, the care recipient is taken to be provided with residential care by the residential care service because the care recipient is on *leave under section 42‑2 because of subsection 42‑3(3).

27  Subsection 44‑6(4)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

28  Subsection 44‑7(1A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (1A)  A person is also a concessional resident if:

                     (a)  the person is being provided with residential care (other than *respite care) through a residential care service; and

                     (b)  the applicable time under subsection (2) is on or after 1 July 2005; and

                     (c)  the person is a *pre‑2008 reform resident; and

                     (d)  there is in force a determination covered by subsection (1B) or (1C).

29  Subsection 44‑7(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

If there is financial hardship (whatever the applicable time)

             (3)  A person is also a concessional resident if:

                     (a)  a determination is in force under section 57‑14 or section 57A‑9 in respect of the person; and

                     (b)  the person is a *pre‑2008 reform resident.

30  Subsection 44‑8(1A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (1A)  A person is also an assisted resident if:

                     (a)  the person is being provided with residential care (other than *respite care) through a residential care service; and

                     (b)  the applicable time under subsection (2) is on or after 1 July 2005; and

                     (c)  the person is a *pre‑2008 reform resident; and

                     (d)  there is in force a determination covered by subsection (1B) or (1C).

31  Subsection 44‑8AA(4)

Repeal the subsection.

32  At the end of section 44‑8AA

Add:

             (8)  A resident status determination made under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

33  Subsection 44‑8AB(1) (note)

After “as well as whether the person is”, insert “a *supported resident under section 44‑5B,”.

34  At the end of section 44‑8AB

Add:

             (6)  A determination made under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

35  Paragraph 44‑8A(3)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

36  Before paragraph 44‑8A(4)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the maximum rate of accommodation supplement;

37  After paragraph 44‑8A(4)(b)

Insert:

                    (ba)  if the care recipient is a *supported resident—the amount of the accommodation supplement that is payable in respect of the care recipient on a particular day;

38  Paragraph 44‑9(b)

After “to determine whether the care recipient is”, insert “a *supported resident,”.

Note:       The heading to section 44‑9 is altered by inserting “a supported resident,” before “a concessional resident”.

39  Section 44‑9

After “not to be”, insert “a supported resident under subsection 44‑5B(1),”.

40  Section 44‑9 (note)

After “whether a person is”, insert “a *supported resident under subsection 44‑5B(1),”.

41  Subsection 44‑10(1)

After “for the purposes of section”, insert “44‑5B,”.

Note:       The heading to section 44‑11 is altered by inserting “supported residents,” before “concessional residents”.

42  At the end of section 44‑10

Add:

             (5)  A determination under paragraph (1A)(a), (1A)(b), (1B)(a) or (1B)(b) or subsection (1C) is not a legislative instrument.

43  Subsection 44‑12(3)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

44  After subsection 44‑13(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  A determination made under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

45  Paragraph 44‑13(6)(a)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

46  Paragraph 44‑13(6)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

47  Subsection 44‑13(7)

After “(including nil amounts)”, insert “or methods”.

48  Subsection 44‑13(7)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

49  After subsection 44‑14(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  A determination made under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

50  Paragraph 44‑14(6)(a)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

51  Paragraph 44‑14(6)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

52  Subsection 44‑14(7)

After “(including nil amounts)”, insert “or methods”.

53  Subsection 44‑14(7)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

54  Paragraph 44‑15(1)(b)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

55  Subsection 44‑16(3)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

56  After subsection 44‑19(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  A determination made under paragraph (1)(b) is not a legislative instrument.

57  Subsections 44‑19(2) and (3)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

58  After subsection 44‑20(7)

Insert:

          (7A)  A determination under subsection (5) or (6) is not a legislative instrument.

59  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 1)

Omit “*ordinary income”, substitute “*total assessable income”.

60  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 2)

Omit “*ordinary income free area”, substitute “*total assessable income free area”.

61  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 3)

Omit “*ordinary income” (first occurring), substitute “*total assessable income”.

62  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 3)

Omit “*ordinary income free area”, substitute “*total assessable income free area”.

63  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 4)

Omit “*ordinary income” (first occurring), substitute “*total assessable income”.

64  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 4)

Omit “*ordinary income free area”, substitute “*total assessable income free area”.

65  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 4, paragraph (a))

Omit “25%”, substitute “5/12”.

66  Subsection 44‑21(3) (Income tested reduction calculator, step 4, paragraph (b))

Omit “worked out by subtracting the care recipient’s *standard resident contribution from an amount equal to 3 times the *standard pensioner contribution”, substitute “equal to 150% of the *basic age pension amount for that day (worked out on a per day basis)”.

67  At the end of section 44‑22

Add:

             (7)  A determination under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

68  Subsection 44‑23(1)

Omit “44‑24(5)”, substitute “44‑24(6)”.

69  Subsection 44‑23(1)

Omit “*ordinary income”, substitute “*total assessable income”.

70  Subsection 44‑23(2)

Omit “*ordinary income”, substitute “*total assessable income”.

71  Subsection 44‑23(3)

Omit “*ordinary income”, substitute “*total assessable income”.

72  Paragraph 44‑23(4)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  the amount equal to 150% of the *basic age pension amount for that day (worked out on a per day basis);

73  Section 44‑24

Repeal the section, substitute:

44‑24  The care recipient’s total assessable income

             (1)  If the care recipient is not entitled to an *income support payment, his or her total assessable income is the amount the Secretary determines to be the amount that would be worked out as the care recipient’s ordinary income for the purpose of applying Module E of Pension Rate Calculator A at the end of section 1064 of the Social Security Act 1991.

Note:          Determinations are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (2)  If the care recipient is entitled to a *service pension, his or her total assessable income is the sum of:

                     (a)  the amount of the care recipient’s service pension; and

                     (b)  the amount the Secretary determines to be the amount that would be worked out as the care recipient’s ordinary/adjusted income for the purpose of applying Module E of the Rate Calculator in Schedule 6 to the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

Note:          Determinations are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (3)  If the care recipient is entitled to an *income support supplement, his or her total assessable income is the sum of:

                     (a)  the amount of the care recipient’s income support supplement; and

                     (b)  the amount the Secretary determines to be the amount that would be worked out as the care recipient’s ordinary/adjusted income for the purpose of applying Module E of the Rate Calculator in Schedule 6 to the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

Note:          Determinations are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (4)  If the care recipient is entitled to an *income support payment (other than an *income support supplement or a *service pension), his or her total assessable income is the sum of:

                     (a)  the amount of the care recipient’s income support payment; and

                     (b)  the amount the Secretary determines to be the amount that would be worked out as the care recipient’s ordinary income for the purpose of applying Module E of Pension Rate Calculator A at the end of section 1064 of the Social Security Act 1991.

Note:          Determinations are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (5)  The Residential Care Subsidy Principles may specify amounts that are to be taken, in relation to specified kinds of care recipients, to be excluded from determinations under subsection (1) or paragraph (2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b).

             (6)  The Secretary may, by notice in writing, request one or more of the following:

                     (a)  the care recipient;

                     (b)  a person acting for or on behalf of the care recipient;

                     (c)  any other person whom the Secretary believes has information that would assist the Secretary in making the determination;

to give, within the period specified in the notice, to the Secretary such information as is specified in the notice for the purposes of making the determination.

Note:          A person is not obliged to provide the information.

             (7)  A determination under subsection (1) or paragraph (2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b) takes effect on the day specified by the Secretary. The day may be earlier than the day on which the determination is made.

             (8)  The Secretary must notify, in writing, the care recipient of any determination under subsection (1) or paragraph (2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b).

             (9)  The notice must include such matters as are specified in the Residential Care Subsidy Principles.

           (10)  A determination made under subsection (1) or paragraph (2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b) is not a legislative instrument.

Note:          The Secretary can delegate functions related to determinations under subsection (1) or paragraph (2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b) to the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991 and to the *Repatriation Commission—see subsection 96‑2(3).

74  Section 44‑25

Repeal the section.

75  Section 44‑26

Repeal the section, substitute:

44‑26  The care recipient’s total assessable income free area

                   The total assessable income free area for the care recipient is the sum of:

                     (a)  the amount worked out by applying point 1064‑B1 of Pension Rate Calculator A at the end of section 1064 of the Social Security Act 1991; and

                     (b)  the amount worked out by applying points 1064‑BA1 to 1064‑BA6 of Pension Rate Calculator A at the end of section 1064 of the Social Security Act 1991; and

                     (c)  the amount worked out by applying points 1064‑C1 to 1064‑C8 of Pension Rate Calculator A at the end of section 1064 of the Social Security Act 1991; and

                     (d)  the amount worked out by applying points 1064‑E4 to 1064‑E9 of Pension Rate Calculator A at the end of section 1064 of the Social Security Act 1991.

76  Subsection 44‑28(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  Subject to subsections (3), (5) and (6), the care recipient is eligible for a pensioner supplement on a particular day if:

                     (a)  the care recipient is a *pre‑2008 reform resident; and

                     (b)  if the day falls before 20 March 2008—on that particular day any of the following apply to the care recipient:

                              (i)  the care recipient was receiving an *income support payment;

                             (ii)  the care recipient had a *dependent child;

                            (iii)  the care recipient was provided with *respite care;

                            (iv)  the care recipient was included in a class of people specified in the Residential Care Subsidy Principles; and

                     (c)  if the day falls on or after 20 March 2008—on that particular day any of the following apply to the care recipient:

                              (i)  the care recipient was receiving an income support payment;

                             (ii)  the care recipient had a dependent child;

                            (iii)  the care recipient was included in a class of people specified in the Residential Care Subsidy Principles.

77  Subsection 44‑28(5)

Omit “*ordinary income”, substitute “*total assessable income”.

78  Subsection 44‑28(6)

Omit “*ordinary income”, substitute “*total assessable income”.

79  Subsections 44‑28(7) and (8)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

80  Subsection 44‑29(2)

After “make a determination”, insert “by legislative instrument”.

81  Paragraph 44‑29(5)(b)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

82  Paragraph 44‑29(8)(a)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

83  Paragraph 44‑29(8)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

84  Subsection 44‑29(9)

After “different amounts”, insert “or methods”.

85  Paragraph 44‑29(9)(e)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

86  Paragraph 44‑30(5)(a)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

87  Paragraph 44‑30(5)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

88  Subsection 44‑30(6)

After “(including nil amounts)”, insert “or methods”.

89  Subsection 44‑30(6)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

90  At the end of section 44‑31

Add:

             (9)  A determination under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

91  Section 46‑4

Before “If:”, insert “(1)”.

92  At the end of section 46‑4

Add:

             (2)  A notice given under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

93  After section 47‑4

Insert:

47‑4A  Variations of claims for community care subsidy

             (1)  An approved provider may vary the claim made in respect of a *payment period within:

                     (a)  2 years after the end of that payment period; or

                     (b)  such longer period as is determined in respect of the claim by the Secretary.

             (2)  In determining a longer period for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the Secretary must be satisfied that a variation is required:

                     (a)  due to an administrative error made by the Commonwealth or an agent of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  because the Commonwealth or an agent of the Commonwealth considers that the circumstances of a care recipient are different from those on the basis of which subsidy was claimed.

Note:          Determinations of periods under paragraph (1)(b) are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (3)  A determination made under paragraph (1)(b) is not a legislative instrument.

94  Paragraph 48‑1(3)(a)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

95  Paragraph 48‑1(3)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

96  Subsection 48‑1(4)

After “rates of”, insert “or methods for working out”.

97  Subsection 48‑1(4)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

98  Subsection 50‑2(2) (note)

Omit “small or rural”, substitute “small, rural or remote”.

99  Section 50‑4

Before “If:”, insert “(1)”.

100  At the end of section 50‑4

Add:

             (2)  A notice given under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

101  Paragraph 52‑1(1)(a)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

102  Paragraph 52‑1(1)(b)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

103  Subsection 52‑1(2)

After “rates of”, insert “or methods for working out”.

104  Subsection 52‑1(2)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

105  Paragraph 57‑2(1)(aa) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          If a care recipient’s assets at the time of the care recipient’s *entry to the residential care service or *flexible care service are less than the care recipient’s minimum permissible asset value (as defined in subsection 57‑12(3)), the care recipient cannot be required to pay an *accommodation bond—see section 57‑12.

106  Subsection 57‑12(4)

After “for the purposes of section”, insert “44‑5B,”.

107  Paragraph 57A‑2(1)(a) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          If a care recipient’s assets at the time of the care recipient’s *entry to the residential care service are less than the care recipient’s minimum permissible asset value (as defined in subsection 57‑12(3)), the care recipient cannot be required to pay an *accommodation charge—see section 57A‑6.

108  Subsection 57A‑6(1)

After “Subject to subsection (2)”, insert “and section 57A‑8A”.

109  Paragraph 57A‑6(1)(b)

After “the amount”, insert “(rounded down to the nearest cent)”.

110  Subparagraph 57A‑6(1)(b)(ii)

Omit “1,825”, substitute “2,080”.

111  Subsection 57A‑6(3)

After “for the purposes of section”, insert “44‑5B,”.

112  After section 57A‑8

Insert:

57A‑8A  Maximum amount of accommodation charge if care recipient moves between aged care services

                   If:

                     (a)  an *accommodation charge is payable by a care recipient for *entry to an *aged care service (the prior service) that is a residential care service; and

                     (b)  the care recipient ceases being provided with residential care through the prior service (other than because the care recipient is on *leave) on or after 20 March 2008; and

                     (c)  the care recipient enters another aged care service that is a residential care service within 28 days after the day on which the care recipient ceased being provided with care by the prior service;

the maximum daily amount at which the accommodation charge accrues for the entry of the care recipient to the other service is the maximum daily amount of accommodation charge that accrued under section 57A‑6 for entry of the care recipient to the prior service.

113  Section 58‑2 (Resident fee calculator, step 1)

Omit “or 58‑4”, substitute “, 58‑4 or 58‑4A”.

114  Subsection 58‑3(1)

After “for a care recipient”, insert “who is a *pre‑2008 reform resident and”.

Note:       The heading to section 58‑3 is altered by omitting “people” and substituting “pre‑2008 reform residents”.

115  Subsection 58‑3(2)

After “for a care recipient”, insert “who is a *pre‑2008 reform resident and”.

116  Subsection 58‑4(1)

After “for a care recipient”, insert “who is a *pre‑2008 reform resident and”.

Note:       The heading to section 58‑4 is altered by omitting “people” and substituting “pre‑2008 reform residents”.

117  Subsection 58‑4(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  However, the standard resident contribution for a care recipient who:

                     (a)  is receiving an *income support payment; and

                     (b)  is a *pre‑2008 reform resident; and

                     (c)  does not have a *dependent child;

is the amount worked out under section 58‑3 if:

                     (d)  for *entry to the residential care service in question, the care recipient paid an *accommodation bond that exceeded the amount obtained by rounding to the nearest $500.00 (rounding $250.00 upwards) an amount equal to 10 times the *basic age pension amount at the time of entry; or

                     (e)  the *daily income tested reduction in respect of the care recipient is an amount worked out under section 44‑23.

118  Subsection 58‑4(3)

Omit “paragraph (2)(a)”, substitute “paragraph (2)(d)”.

119  After section 58‑4

Insert:

58‑4A  Standard resident contribution—post‑2008 reform residents

                   The standard resident contribution for a care recipient who is a *post‑2008 reform resident is the amount obtained by rounding down to the nearest cent an amount equal to 85% of the *basic age pension amount (worked out on a per day basis).

120  After section 63‑1A

Insert:

63‑1B  Responsibility relating to recording entry of new residents

             (1)  The responsibility of an approved provider in relation to the recording of the *entry of a care recipient into a residential care service (other than as a recipient of *respite care) is to comply with subsection (2).

             (2)  An approved provider must, in the form approved by the Secretary and within the period specified in the Accountability Principles, notify the Secretary of each care recipient who *enters a residential care service (other than as a recipient of *respite care) operated by the approved provider on or after 20 March 2008.

121  Subsections 68‑5(1) and (2)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

122  Section 69‑1

Repeal the section, substitute:

69‑1  What this Chapter is about

The Commonwealth makes grants to contribute to costs associated with the establishment or enhancement of *aged care services, with assessments or approvals related to *aged care or with support services related to the provision of aged care. These grants are:

     *residential care grants (see Part 5.1);

     *community care grants (see Part 5.2);

     *flexible care grants (see Part 5.2A);

     *assessment grants (see Part 5.3);

     *accreditation grants (see Part 5.4);

     *advocacy grants (see Part 5.5);

     *community visitors grants (see Part 5.6);

     other grants (see Part 5.7).

Grants are (in most cases) payable under agreements with the recipients of the grants, and may be subject to conditions.

123  Subsections 71‑3(1) and (2)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

124  Paragraph 72‑1(4)(b)

Omit “places” (first occurring), substitute “*places”.

125  Section 72‑2

Repeal the section, substitute:

72‑2  Criteria for allocations

                   The criteria for allocation of a *residential care grant are:

                     (a)  a majority of the care recipients who receive, or who will receive, the care to which the grant relates are either or both of the following:

                              (i)  *supported residents, *concessional residents or *assisted residents;

                             (ii)  *people with special needs or people of a kind specified in the Residential Care Grant Principles; and

                     (b)  such other criteria as are specified in the Residential Care Grant Principles.

126  Paragraph 72‑3(1)(a)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

127  Paragraph 73‑2(b)

Before “*concessional residents”, insert “*supported residents,”.

128  Paragraph 76‑1(1)(b)

Omit “to cover additional areas”.

129  At the end of subsection 76‑1(1)

Add:

               ; or (c)  such other kinds of projects as are described in the Community Care Grant Principles.

130  Paragraph 76‑3(2)(b)

Omit “14 days”, substitute “28 days”.

131  After Part 5.2

Insert:

Part 5.2AFlexible care grants

Division 78AIntroduction

78A‑1  What this Part is about

The Commonwealth makes *flexible care grants to contribute towards the costs associated with some projects undertaken by approved providers to establish flexible care services or to enhance their capacity to provide flexible care.

Table of Divisions

78A       Introduction

78B       How are flexible care grants allocated?

78C       On what basis are flexible care grants paid?

78D       How much is a flexible care grant?

78A‑2  The Flexible Care Grant Principles

                   *Flexible care grants are also dealt with in the Flexible Care Grant Principles. The provisions in this Part indicate when a particular matter is or may be dealt with in these Principles.

Note:          The Flexible Care Grant Principles are made by the Minister under section 96‑1.

Division 78BHow are flexible care grants allocated?

78B‑1  Allocation of flexible care grants

             (1)  The Secretary may allocate *flexible care grants to approved providers in respect of the costs of projects for:

                     (a)  establishing new flexible care services; or

                     (b)  extending existing flexible care services; or

                     (c)  such other kinds of projects as are described in the Flexible Care Grant Principles.

             (2)  The allocation must meet the criteria for allocations (see section 78B‑2).

             (3)  A person may apply for an allocation of *flexible care grants (see section 78B‑3).

Note:          An applicant who is not an approved provider must become an approved provider for a flexible care grant to be allocated (see subsection (1)).

             (4)  A *flexible care grant can only be allocated to an approved provider:

                     (a)  whose approval under Part 2.1 includes flexible care (see subsection 8‑1(2)); and

                     (b)  who holds an allocation of *places for *flexible care subsidy under Part 2.2 (whether or not it is a *provisional allocation), being places that are, or are to be, included in the flexible care service in respect of which the grant is payable.

78B‑2  Criteria for allocations

                   The criteria for allocation of a *flexible care grant are as follows:

                     (a)  whether there is a need for the *flexible care service, or proposed flexible care service, to which the grant would relate;

                     (b)  whether the grant would assist:

                              (i)  people in rural or remote areas; or

                             (ii)  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;

                     (c)  such other criteria as are specified in the Flexible Care Grant Principles.

78B‑3  Applications for flexible care grants

             (1)  An application for the allocation of a *flexible care grant must be in a form approved by the Secretary.

             (2)  If the Secretary needs further information to determine the application, the Secretary may give to the applicant a notice requesting the further information:

                     (a)  within the period specified in the notice; or

                     (b)  if no period is specified in the notice—within 28 days after receiving the notice.

             (3)  The application is taken to be withdrawn if the applicant does not give the further information within whichever of those periods applies.

Note:          The period for giving the further information can be extended—see section 96‑7.

             (4)  The notice must contain a statement setting out the effect of subsection (3).

78B‑4  Notification of allocation

             (1)  The Secretary must notify, in writing, each applicant to whom a *flexible care grant has been allocated. The notice must be given within 14 days after the Secretary’s decision under section 78B‑1 is made.

             (2)  The notice must specify:

                     (a)  the amount of the grant (see Division 78D); and

                     (b)  the project to which the grant relates; and

                     (c)  when the grant, or the instalments of the grant, will be paid (see Division 78C); and

                     (d)  if the grant is to be paid in more than one instalment—the amounts of the instalments or how they will be worked out (see Division 78C); and

                     (e)  the conditions on which the grant is payable (see Division 78C).

78B‑5  Notice to unsuccessful applicants

             (1)  The Secretary must notify, in writing, each applicant to whom a *flexible care grant has not been allocated. The notice must be given within 14 days after the Secretary’s decision under section 78B‑1 is made.

             (2)  The notice must set out the reasons for the applicant not being allocated a grant.

Division 78COn what basis are flexible care grants paid?

78C‑1  Basis on which flexible care grants are paid

             (1)  A *flexible care grant is payable to an approved provider:

                     (a)  at such time as the Secretary determines in writing; and

                     (b)  in full or in such instalments as the Secretary determines in writing.

             (2)  The grant is subject to such conditions (if any) as the Secretary determines in writing (see section 78C‑2).

             (3)  The grant is not payable unless the approved provider enters into an agreement with the Commonwealth under which the approved provider agrees to comply with the conditions to which the grant is subject.

78C‑2  Conditions of flexible care grants

                   The following are examples of matters with which the conditions of a *flexible care grant may deal:

                     (a)  the kinds of people who are to be provided with care when the project, in respect of which the grant is payable, is completed;

                     (b)  the period within which one or more conditions must be complied with by the approved provider;

                     (c)  the period within which the *flexible care service in respect of which the grant is payable is to be operational;

                     (d)  the amount of money to be provided by the approved provider for the project;

                     (e)  information to be given to the Commonwealth by the approved provider;

                      (f)  the approved provider’s compliance with:

                              (i)  any responsibilities of the approved provider under Chapter 4; and

                             (ii)  conditions imposed in respect of other payments made under this Chapter to the approved provider;

                     (g)  the circumstances in which the grant must be repaid.

78C‑3  Grants payable only if certain conditions met

             (1)  The Secretary may specify which of the conditions of a *flexible care grant must be met before the grant is payable.

             (2)  The grant is not payable unless the approved provider complies with those conditions.

             (3)  However, payment of the grant to the approved provider does not affect the approved provider’s obligation to comply with any other conditions to which the grant is subject.

78C‑4  Variation or revocation of allocations

             (1)  The Secretary may vary or revoke an allocation of a *flexible care grant if the Secretary is satisfied that a condition to which the allocation is subject has not been met.

Note:          Variations or revocations of allocations are reviewable under Part 6.1.

             (2)  A variation of the allocation may be either or both of the following:

                     (a)  a reduction of the amount of the grant;

                     (b)  a variation of any of the conditions to which the allocation is subject.

             (3)  Before deciding to vary or revoke the allocation, the Secretary must notify the approved provider that it is being considered. The notice:

                     (a)  must be in writing; and

                     (b)  must invite the approved provider to make submissions, in writing, to the Secretary within 28 days after receiving the notice; and

                     (c)  must inform the approved provider that, if no submissions are made within that period, the variation or revocation takes effect on the day after the last day for making submissions.

             (4)  In making the decision whether to vary or revoke the allocation, the Secretary must consider any submissions made within that period.

             (5)  The Secretary must notify, in writing, the approved provider of the decision.

             (6)  The notice must be given to the approved provider within 28 days after the end of the period for making submissions. If the notice is not given within that period, the Secretary is taken to have decided not to vary or revoke the allocation, as the case requires.

             (7)  A variation or revocation has effect:

                     (a)  if no submissions were made within the 28 day period—on the day after the last day for making submissions; or

                     (b)  if submissions were made within that period—on the day after the approved provider receives a notice under subsection (5).

78C‑5  Variation of allocations on application of approved provider

             (1)  An approved provider may at any time apply to the Secretary for a variation of an allocation of a *flexible care grant to the approved provider.

             (2)  A variation of the allocation may be either or both of the following:

                     (a)  a reduction of the amount of the grant;

                     (b)  a variation of any of the conditions to which the allocation is subject.

             (3)  The application must be in the form approved by the Secretary.

             (4)  The Secretary must, within 28 days after receiving the application:

                     (a)  make a variation; or

                     (b)  reject the application;

and, within that period, notify the approved provider accordingly.

Note:          Variations of allocations and rejections of applications are reviewable under Part 6.1.

78C‑6  Agreement taken to be varied

                   If the Secretary varies, under section 78C‑4 or 78C‑5, one or more of the conditions of an allocation, the agreement entered into under subsection 78C‑1(3) is taken to be varied accordingly.

78C‑7  Appropriation

                   Payments by the Commonwealth under this Part are to be made out of money appropriated by the Parliament for the purpose.

Division 78DHow much is a flexible care grant?

78D‑1  The amount of a flexible care grant

             (1)  The amount of a *flexible care grant is the amount specified in, or worked out in accordance with, the Flexible Care Grant Principles.

             (2)  The following are examples of matters with which the Flexible Care Grant Principles may deal in relation to the amounts of *flexible care grants:

                     (a)  the circumstances of approved providers to which the grants are payable;

                     (b)  the purposes for which the grants are payable;

                     (c)  the locations of the *flexible care services to which the grants relate;

                     (d)  the kinds of people who will be provided with flexible care through the services;

                     (e)  limits on the amounts of the grants.

132  Section 85‑1 (after table item 39)

Insert:

39AA

To extend the period within which a variation of a claim for residential care subsidy can be made

section 43‑4A

133  Section 85‑1 (table item 46)

Repeal the table item, substitute:

46

To make a determination for the purposes of working out a care recipient’s total assessable income

subsection 44‑24 (1) or paragraph 44‑24(2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b)

134  Section 85‑1 (after table item 49)

Insert:

49A

To extend the period within which a variation of a claim for community care subsidy can be made

section 47‑4A

135  Section 85‑1 (at the end of the table)

Add:

62

To vary or revoke an allocation of a flexible care grant

subsection 78C‑4(1)

63

To vary an allocation of a flexible care grant

subsection 78C‑5(4)

64

To reject an application to vary an allocation of a flexible care grant

subsection 78C‑5(4)

136  Subsection 85‑4(2)

Omit “of a care recipient’s *ordinary income”, substitute “for the purposes of working out a care recipient’s *total assessable income”.

137  Paragraphs 85‑4(2)(a) and (b)

Omit “Secretary to the Department of Social Security”, substitute “Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991”.

138  Subsection 85‑5(2)

Omit “of a care recipient’s *ordinary income”, substitute “for the purposes of working out a care recipient’s *total assessable income”.

139  Paragraphs 85‑5(2)(a) and (b)

Omit “Secretary to the Department of Social Security”, substitute “Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991”.

140  Paragraph 85‑5(3)(b)

Omit “to determine a care recipient’s *ordinary income”, substitute “to make a determination under subsection 44‑24(1) or paragraph 44‑24(2)(b), (3)(b) or (4)(b)”.

141  Subsection 85‑6(1)

Omit “of a person’s *ordinary income”, substitute “for the purposes of working out a person’s *total assessable income”.

142  Paragraph 85‑6(3)(a)

Omit “as the person’s *ordinary income”.

143  Paragraph 85‑6(3)(b)

Omit “as the person’s ordinary income”.

144  Paragraph 85‑6(4)(a)

Omit “as the person’s *ordinary income”.

145  Paragraph 85‑7(1)(a)

Omit “of a person’s *ordinary income”, substitute “for the purposes of working out a person’s *total assessable income”.

146  Subsection 85‑7(2)

Omit “44‑24(7)”, substitute “44‑24(8)”.

147  Subsections 85‑7(3) and (4)

Omit “as the person’s *ordinary income”.

148  Paragraph 86‑3(cb)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                    (cb)  to the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991; and

149  Section 86‑7

Omit “Department of Social Security”, substitute “Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991”.

150  Section 86‑7

Omit “Department of Veterans’ Affairs”, substitute “Department administered by the Minister who administers the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986”.

Note:       The heading to section 86‑7 is altered by omitting “Departments of Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs” and substituting “certain Departments”.

151  Subsection 96‑1(1) (after table item 14)

Insert:

14A

Flexible Care Grant Principles

Part 5.2A

152  Paragraph 96‑2(2A)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

153  Paragraph 96‑2(3)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991;

154  Subsection 96‑2(3)

Omit “of a care recipient’s *ordinary income”, substitute “for the purposes of working out a care recipient’s *total assessable income”.

155  Subsection 96‑2(3) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          The calculation of a care recipient’s *total assessable income is relevant to applying the income test under Subdivision 44‑E.

156  Paragraph 96‑2(3A)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986;

157  Subsection 96‑2(6B)

Omit “Department administering the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986”, substitute “Department administered by the Minister who administers the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986”.

158  Subsection 96‑2(7)

Omit “the Secretary to the Department of Social Security” (wherever occurring), substitute “the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991”.

159  Section 96‑12

Repeal the section.

160  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

flexible care grant means a grant payable under Part 5.2A.

161  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (paragraph (b) of the definition of income support payment)

Repeal the paragraph.

162  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (definition of ordinary income)

Repeal the definition.

163  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (definition of ordinary income free area)

Repeal the definition.

164  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

post‑2008 reform resident has the meaning given in section 44‑5C.

165  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

pre‑2008 reform resident has the meaning given in section 44‑5D.

166  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

pre‑entry leave has the meaning given in section 44‑5E.

167  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (definition of Secretary)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

168  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (definition of standard resident contribution)

Omit “or 58‑4”, substitute “, 58‑4 or 58‑4A”.

169  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

supported resident has the meaning given in section 44‑5B.

170  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

total assessable income has the meaning given in section 44‑24.

171  Clause 1 of Schedule 1

Insert:

total assessable income free area has the meaning given in section 44‑26.


 

Part 2Application and transitional provisions

172  Application of item 10

The amendment made by item 10 of this Schedule applies to provisional allocations in respect of which notification under subsection 15‑4(3) of the Aged Care Act 1997 is given on or after 20 March 2008.

173  Application of item 11

The amendment made by item 11 of this Schedule applies to applications for variations of provisional allocations made on or after 20 March 2008.

174  Application of items 14, 17, 54, 81, 121, 123 and 130

The amendments made by items 14, 17, 54, 81, 121, 123 and 130 of this Schedule apply to requests for further information made on or after 20 March 2008.

175  Application of item 31

The amendment made by item 31 of this Schedule applies to resident status determinations made under subsection 44‑8AA(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997 on or after 20 March 2008.

176  Application of items 59 to 66 and 73 to 75

The amendments made by items 59 to 66 and 73 to 75 of this Schedule apply to the calculation of the daily income tested reduction under section 44‑21 of the Aged Care Act 1997 for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

177  Application of items 68 to 71

The amendments made by items 68 to 71 of this Schedule apply in relation to requests made for the purposes of determining a matter under section 44‑24 of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the purposes of calculating the daily income tested reduction for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

178  Application of item 72

The amendment made by item 72 of this Schedule applies in relation to the calculation of the daily income tested reduction under subsection 44‑23(4) of the Aged Care Act 1997 for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

179  Application of item 77

The amendment made by item 77 of this Schedule applies in relation to requests made for the purposes of determining a matter under section 44‑24 of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the purposes of calculating the daily income tested reduction for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

180  Application of item 78

The amendment made by item 78 of this Schedule applies in relation to elections made for the purposes of determining a matter under section 44‑24 of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the purposes of calculating the daily income tested reduction for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

181  Application of items 109 and 110

The amendments made by items 109 and 110 of this Schedule apply in relation to a calculation of the maximum daily amount at which an accommodation charge accrues for a care recipient if:

                     (a)  the care recipient enters a residential care service for the first time on or after 20 March 2008; or

                     (b)  the care recipient enters a residential care service for the first time before 20 March 2008, but there is a break in residential care (as defined in subsection 44‑5D(2) of the Aged Care Act 1997, inserted by item 26 of this Schedule) of more than 28 days between:

                              (i)  the last residential care service through which residential care was provided, or taken to be provided, to the care recipient before 20 March 2008 and the next residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the care recipient; and

                             (ii)  any residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the care recipient on or after 20 March 2008 and the next residential care service through which residential care is provided, or taken to be provided, to the care recipient.

182  Application of item 125

The amendment made by item 125 of this Schedule applies in relation to residential care grants allocated on or after 20 March 2008.

183  Application of items 128 and 129

The amendments made by items 128 and 129 of this Schedule apply in relation to community care grants allocated on or after 20 March 2008.

184  Application of items 133, 136, 138 and items 140 to 147

The amendments made by items 133, 136, 138 and items 140 to 147 of this Schedule apply in relation to decisions in relation to the determination of matters under section 44‑24 of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the purposes of calculating the daily income tested reduction for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

185  Application of items 154 and 155

The amendments made by items 154 and 155 of this Schedule apply in relation to the determination of matters under section 44‑24 of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the purposes of calculating the daily income tested reduction for a day that falls on or after 20 March 2008.

186  Transitional provision

(1)        This item applies to claims for subsidy made under section 43‑4 before 20 March 2008.

(2)        Section 43‑4A (as inserted by item 21 of this Schedule) applies to those claims as if the reference in paragraph 43‑4A(1)(a) of the Aged Care Act 1997 to the end of the payment period were a reference to 20 March 2008.

187  Transitional provision

(1)        This item applies to claims for subsidy made under section 47‑4 before 20 March 2008.

(2)        Section 47‑4A of the Aged Care Act 1997 (as inserted by item 93 of this Schedule) applies to those claims as if the reference in paragraph 47‑4A(1)(a) of that Act to the end of the payment period were a reference to 20 March 2008.


 

Schedule 2Aged Care (Bond Security) Act 2006

  

1  At the end of subsection 4(2)

Add “, except the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands”.


 

Schedule 3Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Act 2006

  

1  At the end of subsection 3(2)

Add “, except the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands”.