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First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008

Act No. 44 of 2008 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Statute Law Revision Act 2012
An Act to provide for first home saver accounts, and for related purposes
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 30 Oct 2012
Start Date 22 Sep 2012
End Date 25 Jun 2013
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2015
Repealed by Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 1) Act 2015

First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008

Act No. 44 of 2008 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 30 October 2012
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 136 of 2012

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

Division 1—General                                                                                                      1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ General administration of Act............................................................. 1

4............ Application of Act not to be excluded or modified.............................. 2

5............ Act extends to external Territories....................................................... 2

6............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 2

Division 2—Simplified outline                                                                                  3

7............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 3

Part 2—Key concepts and other definitions                                                          5

Division 1—Key concepts                                                                                           5

8............ Meaning of FHSA............................................................................... 5

9............ Meanings of hold and FHSA holder................................................... 5

10.......... Meanings of provide and FHSA provider........................................... 5

11.......... Meanings of Government FHSA contribution and personal FHSA contribution     6

12.......... Meaning of qualifying interest in a dwelling....................................... 7

13.......... Meaning of main residence................................................................. 8

14.......... Meaning of FHSA home acquisition payment..................................... 8

15.......... Meaning of FHSA eligibility requirements.......................................... 8

16.......... Meaning of FHSA ineligibility payment.............................................. 9

17.......... Meaning of FHSA payment conditions............................................. 10

17A....... Meaning of unclaimed money........................................................... 12

Division 2—Other definitions                                                                                 13

18.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 13

Part 3—Eligibility, contribution and payment rules                                       19

Division 1—Eligibility rules                                                                                     19

19.......... Obligation of FHSA provider in opening or issuing FHSA............. 19

20.......... FHSA holder must notify provider if he or she does not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements        20

21.......... Commissioner must notify provider if reason to believe that certain circumstances exist         21

22.......... FHSA provider to close FHSA if inactive in some cases or FHSA mortgage payment made 22

23.......... Inactive FHSA.................................................................................. 23

24.......... Default superannuation plan.............................................................. 25

Division 2—Contributions to FHSAs                                                                 26

25.......... Limit on contributions to FHSAs—account holder aged 65 or over. 26

26.......... Limit on contributions to FHSAs—inactive FHSA.......................... 26

27.......... Limit on contributions to FHSAs—holder in breach of account balance cap           27

28.......... Breach of account balance cap........................................................... 28

29.......... Account balance cap.......................................................................... 29

30.......... Indexation of account balance cap..................................................... 29

Division 3—Restrictions on payments from FHSAs                                  31

31.......... FHSA provider must not make payment from FHSA unless authorised by law etc.               31

Division 4—Requirements to make payments from FHSAs                  33

32.......... Payment from FHSA for purposes of acquiring a home................... 33

32A....... Payment from FHSA for repaying a mortgage if home acquired before qualifying period ends              34

33.......... Payment from FHSA if FHSA holder aged 60 or over.................... 35

34.......... Payment of FHSA balance as contribution to superannuation.......... 36

35.......... Payment of FHSA balance as transfer to another FHSA.................. 36

Part 4—Government FHSA contributions                                                           38

Division 1—Eligibility for and amount of a Government FHSA contribution   38

36.......... Whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable..................... 38

37.......... Notification of eligibility status......................................................... 38

38.......... Amount of Government FHSA contribution.................................... 39

39.......... Government FHSA contribution threshold....................................... 39

40.......... Indexation of Government FHSA contribution threshold................. 39

Division 2—Payment of Government FHSA contribution                      41

41.......... Commissioner’s determinations........................................................ 41

42.......... Payment of Government FHSA contribution.................................... 41

43.......... Providers to return Government FHSA contribution in certain circumstances         42

44.......... Government FHSA contribution increased by interest amount if paid late in certain circumstances         43

45.......... Commissioner to notify if Government FHSA contribution paid..... 43

Division 3—Underpayments of Government FHSA contribution      44

46.......... Underpayment determinations........................................................... 44

47.......... Providers to return underpaid amounts in certain circumstances....... 45

48.......... Government FHSA contribution increased by interest amount if underpaid amount paid late in certain circumstances.......................................................................................................... 45

49.......... Small underpayments paid by cheque............................................... 46

Division 4—Overpayments of Government FHSA contribution         47

50.......... Recovery of overpayments................................................................ 47

51.......... Small overpayments.......................................................................... 49

Part 4A—Unclaimed money                                                                                          50

51A....... Statement of unclaimed money etc.................................................... 50

51B....... Payment of unclaimed money to ASIC on behalf of the Commonwealth 50

51C....... Payment where money later claimed etc............................................ 51

51D....... ASIC may publish information relating to unclaimed money statements  53

51E........ Operation of State and Territory laws in relation to unclaimed money 53

Part 5—Administration                                                                                                    54

Division 1—General                                                                                                    54

52.......... When general interest charge payable................................................ 54

53.......... Decisions under Part 4 to be in writing............................................. 55

54.......... Commissioner may arrange for use of computer programs to make decisions under Part 4     55

55.......... Approved forms approved by Commissioner................................... 55

Division 2—Tax file numbers                                                                                 56

Subdivision A—Quotation, use and transfer of FHSA holder’s tax file number            56

56.......... FHSA holder or applicant may quote tax file number....................... 56

57.......... FHSA provider may request FHSA holder’s or applicant’s tax file number            56

58.......... FHSA provider must request FHSA holder to quote tax file number if not quoted previously                56

59.......... No obligation to quote tax file number.............................................. 57

60.......... Use of tax file number for certain purposes...................................... 57

61.......... FHSA provider must inform other FHSA provider or superannuation provider of tax file number for certain purposes.......................................................................................................... 59

Subdivision B—Method of quotation of tax file numbers, including deemed quotation              60

62.......... Method of quoting tax file number.................................................... 60

63.......... FHSA holder taken to have quoted where Commissioner gives notice 61

64.......... Information provided by FHSA provider taken to have been provided by FHSA holder        61

65.......... FHSA holder or applicant taken to have quoted if he or she quoted for other purposes           61

Subdivision C—Incorrect quotation of tax file number                                 62

66.......... Effect of mistaken quotation of tax file number................................. 62

67.......... Effect of invalid quotation of tax file number.................................... 62

Subdivision D—Provision of tax file numbers in forms etc.                         63

68.......... Forms etc. may require tax file number............................................. 63

69.......... Failure to quote tax file number......................................................... 64

Division 4—Review of decisions                                                                           65

Subdivision A—Review of Commissioner decisions relating to Government FHSA contributions          65

71.......... Review of decisions.......................................................................... 65

72.......... Authorised review officers................................................................ 65

73.......... Withdrawal of review applications.................................................... 65

Subdivision B—Review of certain APRA decisions                                         66

74.......... Reviewable decision.......................................................................... 66

75.......... Review of certain decisions............................................................... 66

76.......... Statements to accompany notification of decisions............................ 68

Part 6—Enforcement                                                                                                         69

Division 1—Information gathering                                                                     69

77.......... Commissioner may require person or legal representative to give information         69

78.......... Commissioner may require FHSA provider to give information...... 70

79.......... Self‑incrimination.............................................................................. 71

Division 2—Access to premises                                                                             72

80.......... Appointment of authorised persons.................................................. 72

81.......... Powers of authorised person in relation to premises......................... 72

82.......... Obligations of authorised persons—all cases.................................... 73

83.......... Obligations of authorised persons—entry by consent....................... 73

84.......... Obligations of authorised persons—entry by warrant....................... 73

85.......... Obstruction of authorised person acting under a warrant.................. 74

86.......... Persons to assist authorised persons acting under a warrant............. 74

87.......... Issue of warrant to enter premises..................................................... 75

88.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 75

Part 7—Prudential provisions                                                                                      77

Division 1—Authorisation of RSE licensees as FHSA providers        77

Subdivision A—Applying for authorisation as FHSA provider                   77

89.......... RSE licensee applications for authorisation as FHSA providers....... 77

90.......... APRA may request further information............................................ 77

91.......... Period within which application is to be decided............................... 78

Subdivision B—Grant of authorisation as FHSA provider                           78

92.......... Grant of authorisation as FHSA provider......................................... 78

93.......... Capital requirements.......................................................................... 79

94.......... Documents required to bear ABN..................................................... 80

95.......... When an authorisation is in force...................................................... 80

96.......... APRA to give notice of refusal of applications................................. 81

Subdivision C—Conditions on authorisation as FHSA provider                 81

97.......... Conditions imposed on all authorisations.......................................... 81

98.......... Additional conditions imposed by APRA on individual authorisations 82

99.......... Directions to comply with conditions on authorisation..................... 83

Subdivision D—Variation or revocation of condition on authorisation as FHSA provider       83

100........ Applications for variation or revocation of condition on authorisation as FHSA provider       83

101........ APRA may request further information............................................ 83

102........ Period for deciding applications........................................................ 84

103........ APRA may vary or revoke conditions on authorisation—in accordance with application        84

104........ APRA may vary or revoke conditions on authorisation—on its own initiative        85

105........ Notification of APRA’s decisions under this Division..................... 86

106........ When variations or revocations come into force etc.......................... 87

Subdivision E—Cancelling authorisation as FHSA provider                       87

107........ Cancellation of authorisation as FHSA provider............................... 87

108........ Cancellation of authorisation for FHSA provider that is financial services licensee 88

109........ APRA may allow authorisation as FHSA provider to continue in effect 88

Subdivision F—Offences and self‑incrimination                                             89

110........ Providing an FHSA while unauthorised etc...................................... 89

111........ Failing to notify breach of condition on authorisation....................... 89

112........ Not complying with direction to comply with condition on authorisation                90

113........ Breach does not affect validity of issue of FHSA etc........................ 91

Division 2—Application of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993           92

114........ Modified application of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993         92

115........ Provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 that do not apply             93

116........ General modifications of applicable provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993                93

117........ References to Prudential Standards................................................... 94

118........ Persons who may be appointed to be custodians of FHSA trusts—approved guarantee etc.   95

119........ Transfer of FHSA trusts................................................................... 95

120........ Covenants to be included in governing rules—investment management  95

120A..... Injunctions for breach of conditions on authorisations...................... 96

Division 3—Prudential Standards                                                                        98

121........ Prudential Standards......................................................................... 98

122........ Notice of determination, variation or revocation of certain Prudential Standards      99

Division 4—Other prudential provisions                                                       100

123........ Requirement for ADIs and life insurance companies to notify APRA of intention to provide FHSAs    100

123A..... Life insurance companies and ADIs may revoke notice of intention to provide FHSAs          100

124........ Obligations of FHSA providers in relation to certain life policies... 100

125........ Protection for small balances........................................................... 101

Part 8—Miscellaneous                                                                                                     103

126........ Annual reports................................................................................ 103

126A..... FHSA provider to provide information........................................... 103

126B..... Certain uses of FHSAs prohibited.................................................. 104

126C..... Protection for FHSA provider........................................................ 104

127........ Civil immunity where defendant was complying with this Act....... 105

128........ Payment out of a fund in accordance with the Bankruptcy Act 1966 105

128A..... Special provisions applying if financial claims scheme entitlements arise in relation to FHSAs              105

129........ Compensation for acquisition of property....................................... 107

130........ State insurance................................................................................ 108

131........ Regulations..................................................................................... 108

Notes                                                                                                                                           109


An Act to provide for first home saver accounts, and for related purposes

Part 1Preliminary

Division 1General

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008.

2  Commencement [see Note 1]

                   This Act commences on the day after it receives the Royal Assent.

3  General administration of Act

             (1)  The Commissioner has the general administration of the following provisions of this Act:

                     (a)  Part 3;

                     (b)  Part 4;

                     (c)  Part 5 (other than Subdivision B of Division 4);

                     (d)  Part 6.

Note:          An effect of this subsection is that people who acquire information under the specified provisions are subject to the confidentiality obligations and exceptions in Division 355 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

             (2)  APRA has the general administration of the following provisions of this Act:

                     (a)  Subdivision B of Division 4 of Part 5;

                     (b)  Part 7 (subject to subsection (3)).

             (3)  ASIC has the general administration of the following provisions of this Act:

                     (a)  Division 2 of Part 7, to the extent that section 6 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (as that section applies under subsection 114(2) of this Act) confers powers and duties on ASIC;

                     (b)  Part 4A.

4  Application of Act not to be excluded or modified

                   This Act applies in relation to an FHSA despite any provision in the terms and conditions of the FHSA, including any provision that purports to substitute, or has the effect of substituting, the provisions of the law of a State or Territory or of a foreign country for all or any of the provisions of this Act.

5  Act extends to external Territories

                   This Act extends to every external Territory.

6  Crown to be bound

             (1)  This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

             (2)  This Act does not make the Crown liable to be prosecuted for an offence.


 

Division 2Simplified outline

7  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Act:

·         This Act provides for first home saver accounts, or FHSAs, to be offered by certain financial institutions.

·         It deals with who is eligible to hold an FHSA, limits on contributions to FHSAs and when payments can be made from an FHSA.

·         Provision is made for an annual Government contribution to be paid to an FHSA if certain conditions are met.

·         Payments from FHSAs are subject to conditions under this Act, such as a requirement to use a payment towards the purchase of a first home.

·         Failure to comply with the payment conditions can make a person liable to FHSA misuse tax under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. The tax may also apply if the person holds an FHSA while ineligible to do so.

·         This Act also provides for the approval of entities that can offer FHSAs (other than ADIs and life insurance companies) and for the supervision of the FHSA business of those entities.

·         The general prudential supervision of ADIs and life insurance companies that offer FHSAs is not dealt with in this Act, but is dealt with instead under the Banking Act 1959 and the Life Insurance Act 1995.

·         FHSAs are also subject to concessional treatment in respect of income tax and social security benefits. This treatment is similar to that of superannuation. It is not dealt with in this Act, but is dealt with instead under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, the Social Security Act 1991 and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.


 

Part 2Key concepts and other definitions

Division 1Key concepts

8  Meaning of FHSA

                   An individual’s account, life policy or beneficial interest in a trust is an FHSA (short for first home saver account) if:

                     (a)  it is described as an FHSA; and

                     (b)  it is opened or issued on or after 1 October 2008 (or a later day (if any) specified in the regulations); and

                     (c)  it is:

                              (i)  an account to which an ADI accepts, or has accepted, contributions; or

                             (ii)  a life policy issued by a life insurance company; or

                            (iii)  a beneficial interest in a trust constituted by a deed, the trustee of which holds an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

9  Meanings of hold and FHSA holder

             (1)  A person holds an FHSA if:

                     (a)  for an FHSA that is an account—the account is opened solely in the person’s name; or

                     (b)  for an FHSA that is a life policy—the person is the sole owner of the life policy; or

                     (c)  for an FHSA that is a beneficial interest in a trust—the person is the sole holder of the interest.

             (2)  A person who holds an FHSA is an FHSA holder.

10  Meanings of provide and FHSA provider

             (1)  An entity provides an FHSA if:

                     (a)  for an FHSA that is an account—the entity is the ADI that accepts, or has accepted, contributions to the account; or

                     (b)  for an FHSA that is a life policy—the entity is the life insurance company that provides the policy; or

                     (c)  for an FHSA that is a beneficial interest in a trust—the entity is the trustee of the trust.

             (2)  An entity that provides an FHSA is an FHSA provider.

11  Meanings of Government FHSA contribution and personal FHSA contribution

             (1)  A contribution to an FHSA or other payment by the Commissioner that is payable under Part 4 of this Act for a person is a Government FHSA contribution of the person.

             (2)  A contribution that a person makes, or that is made for the benefit of the person, to an FHSA held by the person is a personal FHSA contribution of the person (unless the contribution is a Government FHSA contribution of the person).

             (3)  However, a contribution to an FHSA held by a person is not a personal FHSA contribution of the person if:

                     (a)  the contribution is by way of transfer to the FHSA from another FHSA held by the person; or

                     (b)  the contribution is made because of a family law obligation; or

                     (c)  the following conditions are satisfied:

                              (i)  an FHSA home acquisition payment was previously made from an FHSA held by the person;

                             (ii)  the payment satisfies the FHSA payment conditions because of subsection 17(3);

                            (iii)  the contribution to the FHSA is by way of a recontribution of all or part of the FHSA home acquisition payment; or

                     (d)  the payment is repaid from the FHSA in accordance with:

                              (i)  subsection 25(2), 26(2) or 27(2); or

                             (ii)  subsection 992A(4) (unsolicited offer of financial product), section 1016F (defective product disclosure document) or section 1019B (cooling‑off period) of the Corporations Act 2001; or

                     (e)  the contribution is of a kind mentioned in subparagraph 51C(2)(b)(i) (recontribution of unclaimed money).

12  Meaning of qualifying interest in a dwelling

             (1)  A person holds a qualifying interest in a dwelling if the person is the legal owner of the dwelling (whether alone or together with others).

             (2)  Without limiting the scope of subsection (1), a person holds a qualifying interest in a dwelling if:

                     (a)  the person is a lessee or licensee (whether alone or together with others) under a lease or licence that gives the person reasonable security of tenure over the dwelling; and

                     (b)  in the case of a lease—the lease is a Crown lease (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997); and

                     (c)  in the case of a licence—the licence was granted by the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory.

             (3)  Without limiting the scope of subsection (1), a person holds a qualifying interest in a dwelling if:

                     (a)  the person holds an equity of redemption in respect of the dwelling; or

                     (b)  where the dwelling is a flat or home unit—the person is the legal owner of a share that:

                              (i)  is in a company that is the legal owner of the land on which the flat or home unit is erected; and

                             (ii)  gives the person a right to occupy the flat or home unit; or

                     (c)  where the dwelling is in an aged care facility or retirement village—the person holds a right for him or her to occupy the dwelling.

             (4)  A person also holds a qualifying interest in a dwelling if circumstances exist as specified in regulations made for the purposes of this subsection.

             (5)  Despite anything else in the section, a person does not hold a qualifying interest in a dwelling if:

                     (a)  the dwelling is not fixed to land; or

                     (b)  circumstances exist as specified in regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (6)  A person acquires a qualifying interest in a dwelling when he or she starts to hold a qualifying interest in the dwelling.

13  Meaning of main residence

             (1)  Subject to this section, a reference in this Act to a person’s main residence has its ordinary meaning.

             (2)  The regulations may specify circumstances in which a dwelling is a person’s main residence for the purposes of this Act.

             (3)  The regulations may specify circumstances in which a dwelling is not a person’s main residence for the purposes of this Act.

14  Meaning of FHSA home acquisition payment

                   A payment from an FHSA is an FHSA home acquisition payment if the FHSA provider must make the payment under section 32 (payments for the purposes of acquiring a qualifying interest in a dwelling).

15  Meaning of FHSA eligibility requirements

When person meets the FHSA eligibility requirements

             (1)  A person meets the FHSA eligibility requirements if:

                     (a)  the person is an individual; and

                     (b)  the person is aged at least 18 years and under 65 years; and

                     (c)  the person has never held a qualifying interest in a dwelling in Australia or Norfolk Island at a time when the dwelling was the person’s main residence; and

                     (d)  the person has never held an FHSA when the person was aged less than 18 years; and

                     (e)  either:

                              (i)  the person has never held more than one FHSA at a time; or

                             (ii)  the person has held 2 FHSAs at a time, and the balance of one of the FHSAs was transferred to the other FHSA as the initial contribution to the other FHSA; and

                      (f)  either:

                              (i)  the person has never held an FHSA that was closed; or

                             (ii)  the requirement in subsection (2) is met for each FHSA that the person has held that was closed; and

                     (g)  the person meets the requirements (if any) specified in the regulations.

Note:          If the person has or had an entitlement arise under Division 2AA (Financial claims scheme for account‑holders with insolvent ADIs) of Part II of the Banking Act 1959 in relation to an FHSA, section 128A of this Act affects this section.

Requirement for each FHSA that was closed

             (2)  The requirement in this subsection is met for an FHSA if:

                     (a)  the FHSA was closed following an FHSA home acquisition payment that met the FHSA payment conditions in subsection 17(3); or

                     (b)  the FHSA was closed following an FHSA home acquisition payment, and it is still possible for the payment to meet the FHSA payment conditions in subsection 17(3); or

                     (c)  the FHSA was closed as a result of a repayment made in accordance with subsection 992A(4) (unsolicited offer of financial product), section 1016F (defective product disclosure document) or section 1019B (cooling‑off period) of the Corporations Act 2001; or

                     (d)  the FHSA was closed following a payment made in accordance with subsection 51B(1) (unclaimed money); or

                     (e)  the FHSA was closed following the transfer of its balance to another FHSA as the initial contribution to the other FHSA.

Disregard requirement that person never held a qualifying interest

             (3)  Disregard paragraph (1)(c) if:

                     (a)  the person has given a notice under section 20 that contains a statement under paragraph 20(4)(aa) (about the person intending to seek an FHSA mortgage payment); and

                     (b)  the person has not given a revocation of that notice under subsection 20(5).

16  Meaning of FHSA ineligibility payment

When acquisition payments are ineligibility payments

             (1)  A payment from an FHSA held by a person is an FHSA ineligibility payment if:

                     (a)  the payment is an FHSA home acquisition payment; and

                     (b)  the person did not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements when the payment was made.

Note:          This Act does not provide for the consequences of the payment being an FHSA ineligibility payment. However, the FHSA holder will be liable for FHSA misuse tax in accordance with Subdivision 345‑C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

When mortgage payments are ineligibility payments

             (2)  A payment from an FHSA held by a person is an FHSA ineligibility payment if:

                     (a)  the payment is an FHSA mortgage payment; and

                     (b)  the person did not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements when the payment was made.

Note 1:       For paragraph (b), the person’s acquisition of a qualifying interest in his or her main residence can be disregarded (see subsection 15(3)).

Note 2:       This Act does not provide for the consequences of the payment being an FHSA ineligibility payment. However, the FHSA holder will be liable for FHSA misuse tax in accordance with Subdivision 345‑C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

17  Meaning of FHSA payment conditions

Payment conditions for FHSA home acquisition payments

             (1)  An FHSA home acquisition payment satisfies the FHSA payment conditions if:

                     (a)  no later than 6 months after the payment is made, the person who holds or held the FHSA uses an amount equal to the payment in acquiring a qualifying interest in a dwelling in Australia or Norfolk Island; and

                     (b)  the dwelling is the person’s main residence for a continuous period that:

                              (i)  is at least 6 months long; and

                             (ii)  starts within the period mentioned in subsection (2); and

                     (c)  if the construction of the dwelling is not complete when the payment is made—that construction is complete within a reasonable period after the payment is made.

             (2)  The period:

                     (a)  starts:

                              (i)  if the construction of the dwelling is not complete when the payment is made—when the construction of the dwelling is complete; or

                             (ii)  otherwise—when the person acquires the qualifying interest in the dwelling; and

                     (b)  ends 12 months after the period starts, or at a later time that the Commissioner considers reasonable in the circumstances.

Note:          This Act does not provide for the consequences of a payment failing to satisfy the FHSA payment conditions. However, the FHSA holder will be liable for FHSA misuse tax in accordance with Subdivision 345‑C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

             (3)  An FHSA home acquisition payment also satisfies the FHSA payment conditions if:

                     (a)  the person who holds or held the FHSA fails to satisfy the conditions in subsection (1); and

                     (b)  that failure is reasonable in the circumstances; and

                     (c)  if it is reasonable to require the person to do so, the person has, as soon as is practicable, contributed to an FHSA held by the person an amount equal to the payment or a lesser amount that is reasonable in the circumstances.

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph (3)(b), in determining whether a failure is reasonable, have regard to:

                     (a)  whether the failure to satisfy the conditions in subsection (1) was beyond the person’s control; and

                     (b)  whether that failure was reasonably foreseeable by the person; and

                     (c)  whether any previous FHSA home acquisition payment in respect of the person has failed to satisfy the conditions in subsection (1); and

                     (d)  any other relevant matter.

Note:          This Act does not provide for the consequences of a payment failing to satisfy the FHSA payment conditions. However, the FHSA holder will be liable for FHSA misuse tax in accordance with Subdivision 345‑C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Payment conditions for FHSA mortgage payments

             (5)  An FHSA mortgage payment satisfies the FHSA payment conditions for a qualifying interest in a dwelling if:

                     (a)  no later than 28 days after the payment is made, the person who held the FHSA uses an amount equal to the payment in repaying all or part of a loan secured by a genuine mortgage:

                              (i)  over the qualifying interest; and

                             (ii)  for which the person is a mortgagor; and

                     (b)  for a continuous period that is at least 6 months long, and that starts within the period mentioned in subsection (6):

                              (i)  the person holds the qualifying interest; and

                             (ii)  the dwelling is the person’s main residence; and

                     (c)  if the construction of the dwelling is not complete when the payment is made—that construction is complete within a reasonable period after the payment is made.

             (6)  The period:

                     (a)  starts:

                              (i)  if the construction of the dwelling is not complete when the payment is made—when the construction of the dwelling is complete; or

                             (ii)  otherwise—when the payment is made; and

                     (b)  ends 12 months after the period starts, or at a later time that the Commissioner considers reasonable in the circumstances.

Note:          This Act does not provide for the consequences of a payment failing to satisfy the FHSA payment conditions. However, the FHSA holder will be liable for FHSA misuse tax in accordance with Subdivision 345‑C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

17A  Meaning of unclaimed money

                   The balance of an FHSA held by a person is unclaimed money in relation to the person if:

                     (a)  no contributions have been made to, and no payments (other than a payment of a kind mentioned in paragraph 31(1)(f), (g) or (h)) have been made from, the FHSA for a period of at least 7 years; and

                     (b)  after the end of that period the FHSA provider has been unable to contact the person after making reasonable efforts.


 

Division 2Other definitions

18  Definitions

                   In this Act:

ABN (short for Australian Business Number) has the meaning given by section 41 of the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999.

account balance cap has the meaning given by section 29.

acquire: a person acquires a qualifying interest in a dwelling in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 12(6).

ADI (short for authorised deposit‑taking institution) means a body corporate that is an ADI for the purposes of the Banking Act 1959.

approved form means a form approved by the Regulator, in writing, for the purposes of the provision in which the expression appears.

APRA means the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

arm’s length has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

ASIC means the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

associate has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

authorisation as an FHSA provider means an authorisation granted under section 92.

authorised person means a person appointed as an authorised person under section 80.

base interest rate for a day has the same meaning as in section 8AAD of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

breach: an FHSA holder is in breach of the account balance cap in the circumstances mentioned in section 28.

Commissioner means the Commissioner of Taxation.

complying superannuation plan has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

contribution means a contribution of money, and includes a deposit into an account held at an ADI and a payment of a premium to a life insurance company.

data processing device means any article or material (for example, a disc) from which information is capable of being reproduced with or without the aid of any other article or device.

decision includes a decision not to make a determination under section 41 or 46.

deed includes an instrument having the effect of a deed.

default superannuation plan has the meaning given by section 24.

Deputy Commissioner means a Deputy Commissioner of Taxation.

examinable documents means any documents relevant to the operation of a provision of this Act for which the Commissioner has the general administration, or regulations made for the purposes of such a provision.

family law obligation means:

                     (a)  a court order under the Family Law Act 1975; or

                     (b)  a financial agreement made under Part VIIIA of the Family Law Act 1975 that is binding because of section 90G of that Act; or

                     (c)  a Part VIIIAB financial agreement (within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975) that is binding because of section 90UJ of that Act.

FHSA (short for first home saver account) has the meaning given by section 8.

FHSA eligibility requirements has the meaning given by section 15.

FHSA holder has the meaning given by section 9.

FHSA home acquisition payment has the meaning given by section 14.

FHSA ineligibility payment has the meaning given by section 16.

FHSA mortgage payment means a payment from an FHSA if the FHSA provider must make the payment under section 32A (about a payment for repaying a mortgage if a home is acquired before the qualifying period ends).

FHSA payment conditions:

                     (a)  an FHSA home acquisition payment satisfies the FHSA payment conditions in the circumstances set out in subsections 17(1) to (4); and

                     (b)  an FHSA mortgage payment satisfies the FHSA payment conditions in the circumstances set out in subsections 17(5) and (6).

FHSA provider has the meaning given by section 10.

FHSA trust means a trust of a kind mentioned in subparagraph 8(c)(iii).

financial services licensee has the meaning given by Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act 2001.

financial year has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

function includes duty.

general interest charge means the charge worked out under Part IIA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

genuine mortgage: a mortgage is a genuine mortgage if:

                     (a)  when entering into the mortgage, the mortgagors and mortgagees deal with each other at arm’s length; and

                     (b)  none of the mortgagors is an associate of any of the mortgagees.

Government FHSA contribution has the meaning given by section 11.

Government FHSA contribution threshold has the meaning given by section 39.

hold:

                     (a)  a person holds an FHSA in the circumstances mentioned in section 9; and

                     (b)  a person holds a qualifying interest in a dwelling in the circumstances mentioned in section 12.

inactive: an FHSA is inactive in the circumstances mentioned in section 23.

income tax return means:

                     (a)  a return under section 161, 162 or 163 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

                     (b)  a return by the trustee of a deceased person’s estate under Subdivision 260‑E of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

income year has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

indexation factor has the meaning given by subsections 30(3) and 40(3).

index number has the meaning given by subsections 30(5) and 40(5).

legal personal representative has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

life insurance company means a company registered under section 21 of the Life Insurance Act 1995.

life policy has the same meaning as in the Life Insurance Act 1995.

main residence has the meaning given by section 13.

overpaid amount has the meaning given by subsection 50(2).

owner, in relation to a policy, has the same meaning as in the Life Insurance Act 1995.

person affected by a reviewable decision, in relation to a reviewable decision, means the person in relation to which the decision was made.

personal FHSA contribution has the meaning given by section 11.

policy has the same meaning as in the Life Insurance Act 1995.

produce includes permit access to.

provides has the meaning given by section 10.

Prudential Standards has the meaning given by subsection 121(1).

public offer entity has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

qualifying interest in a dwelling has the meaning given by section 12.

quarter has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Regulator means:

                     (a)  APRA, if the provision in which it occurs is, or is being applied for the purposes of, a provision that is administered by APRA; or

                     (b)  ASIC, if the provision in which it occurs is, or is being applied for the purposes of, a provision that is administered by ASIC; or

                     (c)  the Commissioner, if the provision in which it occurs is, or is being applied for the purposes of, a provision that is administered by the Commissioner.

reporting period has the same meaning as in subsection 1017D(2) of the Corporations Act 2001.

reviewable decision has the meaning given by section 74.

RSE licence has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

RSE licensee has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

Second Commissioner means a Second Commissioner of Taxation.

spouse has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

Superannuation Acts means:

                     (a)  the Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997; and

                     (b)  the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993; and

                     (c)  the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997; and

                     (d)  the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Members of Constitutionally Protected Superannuation Funds) Assessment and Collection Act 1997; and

                     (e)  the Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999; and

                      (f)  the Termination Payments Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997.

superannuation interest has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

superannuation provider has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

taxation law has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

tax file number has the meaning given by section 202A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

unclaimed money has the meaning given by section 17A.

underpaid amount has the meaning given by subsection 46(2).


 

Part 3Eligibility, contribution and payment rules

Division 1Eligibility rules

19  Obligation of FHSA provider in opening or issuing FHSA

             (1)  An FHSA provider must not open or issue an FHSA for a person unless:

                     (a)  the person has given the provider an application in the approved form; and

                     (b)  the application states that:

                              (i)  the person meets the FHSA eligibility requirements; and

                             (ii)  if the person already holds an FHSA—the person will ensure that the balance of the FHSA will be transferred to the FHSA to be opened or issued; and

                            (iii)  if the person held an FHSA that was closed, and nevertheless meets the FHSA eligibility requirements because of paragraph 15(2)(b)—the initial contribution to the FHSA to be opened or issued will be made in accordance with paragraph 17(3)(c); and

                            (iv)  if the person held an FHSA that was closed, and nevertheless meets the FHSA eligibility requirements because of paragraph 15(2)(d)—the initial contribution to the FHSA to be opened or issued will be made in accordance with subparagraph 51C(2)(b)(i); and

                             (v)  if the person already holds an FHSA that is inactive only because of paragraph 23(1)(c) or (e)—the FHSA to be opened or issued will be inactive because of paragraph 23(1)(e); and

                     (c)  the person has quoted his or her tax file number to the provider in connection with the operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Note 1:       For paragraph (b), the person may still satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements even though the person has acquired a qualifying interest in his or her main residence (see subsection 15(3)).

Note 2:       Making a false statement in the application may constitute an offence: see subsection 8J(9) and sections 8K and 8N of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Offence

             (2)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (3)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

Note:          Section 128A prevents this section from applying to the opening of an FHSA on a person’s behalf by APRA or a liquidator under Division 2AA (Financial claims scheme for account‑holders with insolvent ADIs) of Part II of the Banking Act 1959.

20  FHSA holder must notify provider if he or she does not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements

             (1)  The holder of an FHSA must give the FHSA provider a notice in the approved form in accordance with this section if circumstances arise resulting in the FHSA holder not satisfying the FHSA eligibility requirements.

Note:          Section 286‑75 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 provides an administrative penalty for a breach of this subsection. A breach of this subsection may also be an offence under section 8C of that Act.

             (2)  The FHSA holder must give the notice within 30 days after the circumstances arise.

             (3)  However, the FHSA holder need not give the notice if:

                     (a)  the FHSA is closed within 30 days after the circumstances arise; or

                     (b)  the FHSA provider must pay an amount from the FHSA under section 32 (FHSA home acquisition payment) because the FHSA holder requests the FHSA provider within 30 days after the circumstances arise to do so.

             (4)  The notice must contain:

                     (a)  if the FHSA holder is aged 60 or over and wants the balance of the FHSA paid to him or her—a statement to that effect; or

                    (aa)  if:

                              (i)  the FHSA holder does not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements only because of paragraph 15(1)(c) (about never holding a qualifying interest); and

                             (ii)  the FHSA holder wants the FHSA to remain open until an FHSA mortgage payment can be paid;

                            a statement to that effect; or

                     (b)  otherwise—an authority for the FHSA provider to contribute the balance of the FHSA to a superannuation interest of the FHSA holder in a complying superannuation plan.

             (5)  The FHSA holder may give the FHSA provider a written revocation of the notice if:

                     (a)  if the notice contains a statement under paragraph (4)(a) or an authority under paragraph (4)(b)—the FHSA holder becomes satisfied that he or she satisfies the FHSA eligibility requirements; and

                    (aa)  if the notice contains a statement under paragraph (4)(aa)—the FHSA holder becomes satisfied that he or she satisfies paragraph 15(1)(c); and

                     (b)  30 days have not yet elapsed since the FHSA holder gave the FHSA provider the notice; and

                     (c)  the FHSA has not yet been closed in accordance with paragraph 22(2)(b).

Note:          Section 128A extends the operation of this section in relation to an FHSA opened on a person’s behalf by APRA or a liquidator under Division 2AA (Financial claims scheme for account‑holders with insolvent ADIs) of Part II of the Banking Act 1959.

21  Commissioner must notify provider if reason to believe that certain circumstances exist

             (1)  The Commissioner must give the provider of an FHSA a notice in accordance with this section if the Commissioner has reason to believe that the FHSA holder does not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements.

Note 1:       The Commissioner may give the provider a notice under subsection 67(2) if a correct TFN was not quoted for the FHSA holder.

Note 2:       The person may still satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements even though the person has acquired a qualifying interest in his or her main residence (see subsection 15(3)).

             (2)  If the Commissioner gives a notice under subsection (1), the Commissioner must give a copy of the notice to the FHSA holder.

             (3)  The notice must describe the operation of the following provisions that results from the notice being given:

                     (a)  section 22 (requirement to close inactive FHSA);

                    (aa)  if the FHSA holder does not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements only because of paragraph 15(1)(c) (about never holding a qualifying interest)—subparagraph 23(1)(b)(iii) (about holder needing to notify provider if wants FHSA to remain open until an FHSA mortgage payment can be paid);

                     (b)  section 26 (limit on contributions to inactive FHSA);

                     (c)  sections 32 and 35 (limit on payments from FHSA).

             (4)  The Commissioner must give the FHSA provider a written revocation of the notice if:

                     (a)  if paragraph (3)(aa) applies to the notice—the Commissioner becomes satisfied that the FHSA holder satisfies paragraph 15(1)(c); and

                    (aa)  if paragraph (3)(aa) does not apply to the notice—the Commissioner becomes satisfied that the FHSA holder satisfies the FHSA eligibility requirements; and

                     (b)  30 days have not yet elapsed since the Commissioner gave the FHSA provider the notice; and

                     (c)  the FHSA has not yet been closed in accordance with paragraph 22(2)(b).

             (5)  If the Commissioner gives a revocation under subsection (4), the Commissioner must give a copy of it to the FHSA holder.

22  FHSA provider to close FHSA if inactive in some cases or FHSA mortgage payment made

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an FHSA becomes inactive under paragraph 23(1)(a) or (b), and the FHSA provider has not received a revocation of the notice mentioned in that paragraph before the 30th day (the trigger day) after the FHSA provider received the notice; or

                     (b)  an FHSA becomes inactive under subsection 23(2), (3) or (4) on a particular day (also the trigger day); or

                     (c)  the provider of an FHSA makes an FHSA mortgage payment from the FHSA on a particular day (also the trigger day), and the balance of the FHSA immediately after the payment is more than nil.

             (2)  The FHSA provider must, within 14 days after the trigger day:

                     (a)  pay the entire balance of the FHSA to:

                              (i)  if the FHSA holder is aged 60 or over and has given the FHSA provider a statement that he or she wants the balance of the FHSA to be paid to him or her—the FHSA holder; or

                             (ii)  otherwise—the superannuation interest mentioned in subsection (3); and

                     (b)  close the FHSA.

Note:          If the FHSA holder becomes bankrupt, this section does not prevent a payment from the FHSA that is property divisible amongst the holder’s creditors (see section 128).

             (3)  The superannuation interest is:

                     (a)  if, for the purposes this paragraph, the FHSA holder has notified the FHSA provider in writing of a particular superannuation interest of the holder in a complying superannuation plan—that superannuation interest; or

                     (b)  otherwise—to a superannuation interest for the benefit of the FHSA holder in the FHSA provider’s default superannuation plan (see section 24).

Offence

             (4)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (2).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (5)  A contravention of subsection (2) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

23  Inactive FHSA

             (1)  An FHSA is inactive if:

                     (a)  the FHSA provider receives a notice from the FHSA holder under subsection 20(1) that contains:

                              (i)  a statement under paragraph 20(4)(a); or

                             (ii)  an authority under paragraph 20(4)(b);

                            (and does not receive a revocation of that notice under subsection 20(5)); or

                     (b)  all of the following subparagraphs apply:

                              (i)  the FHSA provider receives a notice from the Commissioner under subsection 21(1);

                             (ii)  the FHSA provider does not receive a revocation of that notice under subsection 21(4);

                            (iii)  within 30 days after receiving that notice, the FHSA provider does not receive a notice from the FHSA holder under subsection 20(1) that contains a statement under paragraph 20(4)(aa); or

                     (c)  the FHSA provider receives a notice from the FHSA holder under subsection 20(1) that contains a statement under paragraph 20(4)(aa) (and does not receive a revocation of that notice under subsection 20(5)); or

                     (d)  the FHSA provider receives a notice from the Commissioner under subsection 67(2) (and does not receive a revocation of that notice); or

                     (e)  the FHSA is opened or issued in response to an application to which subparagraph 19(1)(b)(ii) applies, where the other FHSA referred to in that subparagraph was inactive only because of:

                              (i)  paragraph (c) of this subsection; or

                             (ii)  an earlier application of this paragraph.

Note:          Paragraph (a) or (b) applies if the FHSA holder does not satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements. However, neither paragraph need apply if the only one of those requirements not satisfied is the one about never holding an interest in a main residence. In that case, the FHSA holder can cause paragraph (c) to apply, keeping the FHSA open until an FHSA mortgage payment can be paid.

             (2)  An FHSA is also inactive if:

                     (a)  the provider of the FHSA makes a payment from the FHSA; and

                     (b)  the provider must make the payment under:

                              (i)  section 32 (FHSA home acquisition payment); or

                             (ii)  section 33 (FHSA holder aged 60 or over); and

                     (c)  the balance of the FHSA immediately after the payment is more than nil.

             (3)  An FHSA is also inactive if the holder of the FHSA is 65 years of age or over.

             (4)  An FHSA is also inactive if:

                     (a)  the FHSA was opened or issued for a person because he or she made a statement in an application, in accordance with subparagraph 19(1)(b)(ii), that he or she would ensure that the balance of another FHSA held by him or her would be transferred to the FHSA; and

                     (b)  a period of 44 days has elapsed since the FHSA was opened or issued; and

                     (c)  the transfer did not take place within that period.

             (5)  An FHSA can become inactive under a provision even if it has already become inactive under another provision.

24  Default superannuation plan

             (1)  An entity that provides an FHSA or offers to provide an FHSA at a time must have nominated in writing, before that time, a complying superannuation plan to be its default superannuation plan for the purposes of paragraph 22(3)(b).

Offence

             (2)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.


 

Division 2Contributions to FHSAs

25  Limit on contributions to FHSAs—account holder aged 65 or over

             (1)  The provider of an FHSA must not allow an amount to be contributed to the FHSA if the holder of the account is aged 65 or older.

Note:          In these circumstances the Commissioner may be able to pay a Government FHSA contribution directly to the FHSA holder (see section 41).

             (2)  The FHSA provider does not contravene subsection (1) if the provider repays the amount from the FHSA to the FHSA holder within 30 days after receiving it.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

26  Limit on contributions to FHSAs—inactive FHSA

             (1)  The provider of an FHSA must not allow an amount to be contributed to the FHSA if it is inactive.

             (2)  The FHSA provider does not contravene subsection (1) if:

                     (a)  the provider repays the amount from the FHSA to the FHSA holder within 30 days after receiving it; or

                     (b)  the amount is a Government FHSA contribution; or

                     (c)  the FHSA is inactive only because of paragraph 23(1)(e), and the amount:

                              (i)  was the initial contribution to the FHSA; and

                             (ii)  immediately before being contributed, was the balance of another FHSA.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

27  Limit on contributions to FHSAs—holder in breach of account balance cap

             (1)  The provider of an FHSA must not allow an amount to be contributed to the FHSA at a time if:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  the FHSA holder is in breach of the account balance cap at the time the amount is to be paid; or

                             (ii)  the FHSA holder would be in breach of the account balance cap at that time if the amount were paid; and

                     (b)  the contribution would not be:

                              (i)  a Government FHSA contribution; or

                             (ii)  a contribution mentioned in paragraph 11(3)(a) (transfer to the FHSA from another FHSA held by the FHSA holder); or

                            (iii)  a contribution mentioned in paragraph 11(3)(c) (recontribution of FHSA home acquisition payment after failure to occupy a dwelling); or

                            (iv)  a contribution mentioned in subparagraph 51C(2)(b)(i) (recontribution of unclaimed money).

Note:          This subsection does not prevent the FHSA provider from allowing part of a sum paid to it to be contributed to the FHSA.

             (2)  The FHSA provider (the first provider) does not contravene subsection (1) if:

                     (a)  in the case of a transfer made by another FHSA provider (the second provider) in the circumstances mentioned in subparagraph 31(1)(c)(ii) (transfer because of a family law obligation)—the first provider repays the amount from the FHSA to the second provider within 30 days after receiving it; or

                     (b)  in any other case—the first provider repays the amount from the FHSA to the FHSA holder within 30 days after receiving it.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

28  Breach of account balance cap

             (1)  If the balance of an FHSA at a time exceeds the account balance cap for the financial year in which that time occurs, the person who holds the FHSA is in breach of the account balance cap:

                     (a)  at that time; and

                     (b)  at all later times (subject to this section).

Note:          The FHSA holder is in breach of the account balance cap at a later time even if the balance of his or her FHSA falls short of the account balance cap for the financial year in which that later time occurs.

             (2)  However, the person is not in breach of the account balance cap during the period mentioned in subsection (3) if:

                     (a)  the person applies to open or be issued with an FHSA; and

                     (b)  the initial contribution to the FHSA to be opened or issued will be made in accordance with paragraph 17(3)(c).

             (3)  The period:

                     (a)  starts when the FHSA mentioned in paragraph (2)(a) is opened or issued; and

                     (b)  ends at the first time when the balance of that FHSA (or any other FHSA later held by the person) exceeds the account balance cap for the financial year in which that time occurs.

             (4)  The person is also not in breach of the account balance cap during the period mentioned in subsection (5) if:

                     (a)  a payment of a kind mentioned in paragraph 31(1)(c) (payments because of a family law obligation) is made from an FHSA held by the person; and

                     (b)  the balance of that FHSA immediately after the payment is less than the account balance cap for the financial year in which the payment is made.

             (5)  The period:

                     (a)  starts when the payment is made; and

                     (b)  ends at the first time when the balance of that FHSA (or any other FHSA later held by the person) exceeds the account balance cap for the financial year in which that time occurs.

29  Account balance cap

                   The account balance cap for the 2008‑09 financial year is $75,000. This amount is indexed annually.

Note:          Section 30 shows how to index this cap. However, the cap only moves by increments of $5,000.

30  Indexation of account balance cap

             (1)  The amount of the account balance cap is indexed annually by:

                     (a)  multiplying the amount for the 2008‑09 financial year by its indexation factor; and

                     (b)  rounding the result in paragraph (a) down to the nearest multiple of $5,000.

             (2)  The account balance cap is not indexed if its indexation factor is 1 or less.

             (3)  The indexation factor is:

             (4)  The indexation factor mentioned in subsection (3) is calculated to 3 decimal places (rounding up if the fourth decimal place is 5 or more).

             (5)  The index number for a quarter is the estimate of full‑time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings for the middle month of the quarter first published by the Australian Statistician for that month.


 

Division 3Restrictions on payments from FHSAs

31  FHSA provider must not make payment from FHSA unless authorised by law etc.

             (1)  The provider of an FHSA must not make a payment from the FHSA unless:

                     (a)  the provider must make the payment under:

                              (i)  section 32 (FHSA home acquisition payment); or

                            (ia)  section 32A (FHSA mortgage payment); or

                             (ii)  section 33 (FHSA holder aged 60 or over); or

                     (b)  the provider must make the payment under:

                              (i)  subsection 22(2) (compulsory contribution of balance of inactive FHSA to superannuation etc.); or

                             (ii)  section 34 (voluntary contribution of balance of FHSA to superannuation); or

                            (iii)  section 35 (voluntary transfer of balance of FHSA to another FHSA); or

                            (iv)  subsection 51B(1) (compulsory payment of unclaimed money); or

                     (c)  the payment is made because a family law obligation requires it to be made:

                              (i)  by way of a contribution to a superannuation interest of the FHSA holder’s spouse or former spouse in a complying superannuation plan; or

                             (ii)  by way of transfer to an FHSA held by the FHSA holder’s spouse or former spouse; or

                            (iii)  to the FHSA holder’s spouse or former spouse, if the spouse or former spouse is aged 60 or over; or

                     (d)  the payment is a repayment made in accordance with subsection 25(2), 26(2) or 27(2); or

                   (da)  the FHSA holder has given a declaration, in the approved form, to the FHSA provider stating that he or she has never held another FHSA and that the payment is a repayment made in accordance with:

                              (i)  subsection 992A(4) of the Corporations Act 2001 (unsolicited offer of financial product); or

                             (ii)  section 1016F of that Act (defective product disclosure document); or

                            (iii)  section 1019B of that Act (cooling‑off period); or

                     (e)  the FHSA holder is deceased; or

                      (f)  the payment is of an amount of fees owing to the FHSA provider for providing the FHSA; or

                     (g)  the payment is of an amount owing to the Commonwealth in respect of overpayments of Government FHSA contributions; or

                     (h)  the payment is to enable the provider to make a payment of an amount of tax.

Note 1:       If the FHSA holder becomes bankrupt, this section does not prevent a payment from the FHSA that is property divisible amongst the holder’s creditors (see section 128).

Note 2:       If an entitlement under Division 2AA (Financial claims scheme for account‑holders with insolvent ADIs) of Part II of the Banking Act 1959 arises in connection with the FHSA, this section does not prevent a payment from the FHSA connected with the right to be paid that section 16AI of that Act gives APRA in relation to the FHSA (see section 128A of this Act).

Offence

             (2)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (3)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.


 

Division 4Requirements to make payments from FHSAs

32  Payment from FHSA for purposes of acquiring a home

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the holder of an FHSA has given the FHSA provider an application in the approved form requesting an amount to be paid from the FHSA; and

                     (b)  the FHSA holder has declared in the application that the payment will satisfy the FHSA payment conditions mentioned in subsection 17(1); and

                     (c)  any of the following requirements are met:

                              (i)  personal FHSA contributions of at least $1,000 per financial year have been made for the FHSA holder in at least 4 financial years (one of which may be the financial year in which the payment is to be made);

                             (ii)  the FHSA holder is in breach of the account balance cap, and has held an FHSA in at least 4 financial years (one of which may be the financial year in which the payment is to be made);

                            (iii)  the FHSA holder has declared in the application that he or she will acquire a qualifying interest in a dwelling together with another FHSA holder in respect of whom the requirement in subparagraph (i) or (ii) is met; and

                     (d)  the provider is satisfied that the requirements (if any) specified in the regulations are met; and

                     (e)  the FHSA is not inactive.

             (2)  The FHSA provider must pay the amount as requested:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after the application is made; and

                     (b)  no later than 30 days after the application is made.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (2).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (2) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

32A  Payment from FHSA for repaying a mortgage if home acquired before qualifying period ends

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the holder of an FHSA acquires at a particular time (the acquisition time) a qualifying interest in a dwelling in Australia or Norfolk Island; and

                     (b)  before that time, the FHSA holder had never held a qualifying interest in a dwelling in Australia or Norfolk Island at a time when the dwelling was the FHSA holder’s main residence; and

                     (c)  the FHSA holder gives the FHSA provider an application in the approved form requesting an amount to be paid from the FHSA; and

                     (d)  the FHSA holder declares in the application that the payment will satisfy the FHSA payment conditions mentioned in subsection 17(5) for the qualifying interest; and

                     (e)  any of the following requirements are met:

                              (i)  the requirement in subparagraph 32(1)(c)(i) would be met if the FHSA holder were taken to have made a personal FHSA contribution of at least $1,000 for the financial year that includes the acquisition time and for each later financial year;

                             (ii)  the FHSA holder is in breach of the account balance cap, and has held an FHSA in at least 4 financial years (one of which may be the financial year in which the payment is to be made);

                            (iii)  the FHSA holder declares in the application that he or she holds the qualifying interest together with another FHSA holder in respect of whom the requirement in subparagraph 32(1)(c)(i), or in subparagraph (i) or (ii) of this paragraph, is met; and

                      (f)  the provider is satisfied that the requirements (if any) specified in the regulations are met; and

                     (g)  the FHSA is inactive only because of paragraph 23(1)(c) or (e) (about an FHSA remaining open until an FHSA mortgage payment can be paid), and is yet to be closed.

Note 1:       The FHSA holder will need to use the payment to repay all or part of a loan secured by a genuine mortgage over the qualifying interest (see subsection 17(5)).

Note 2:       Making a false or misleading statement in the application may constitute an offence: see subsection 8J(9) and sections 8K and 8N of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

             (2)  The FHSA provider must pay the amount as requested:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after the application is made; and

                     (b)  no later than 30 days after the application is made.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (2).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (2) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

33  Payment from FHSA if FHSA holder aged 60 or over

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the holder of an FHSA has given the FHSA provider an application in the approved form requesting an amount to be paid from the FHSA; and

                     (b)  the FHSA holder is aged 60 or over.

             (2)  The FHSA provider must pay the amount as requested:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after the application is made; and

                     (b)  no later than 30 days after the application is made.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (2).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (2) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

34  Payment of FHSA balance as contribution to superannuation

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an FHSA holder requests the FHSA provider to pay the balance of the FHSA by way of a contribution to a superannuation interest of the FHSA holder in a complying superannuation plan; and

                     (b)  the request is in the approved form; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the FHSA provider has not received a notice from the Commissioner in accordance with subsection 67(2); or

                             (ii)  if the FHSA provider has received such a notice—the provider has received a revocation of that notice.

             (2)  The FHSA provider must pay the amount as requested:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after the application is made; and

                     (b)  no later than 30 days after the application is made.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (2).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (2) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

35  Payment of FHSA balance as transfer to another FHSA

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an FHSA holder requests the FHSA provider to pay the balance of the FHSA (the first FHSA) by way of transfer to another FHSA held by the FHSA holder; and

                     (b)  the request is in the approved form; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the first FHSA is not inactive; or

                             (ii)  the first FHSA is inactive only because of paragraph 23(1)(c) or (e) (about an FHSA remaining open until an FHSA mortgage payment can be paid).

             (2)  The FHSA provider must pay the amount as requested:

                     (a)  as soon as practicable after the application is made; and

                     (b)  no later than 30 days after the application is made.

Note:          If the other FHSA is provided by another entity, the FHSA provider must give that entity a statement in accordance with section 391‑10 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (2).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (2) does not affect the validity of a transaction.


 

Part 4Government FHSA contributions

Division 1Eligibility for and amount of a Government FHSA contribution

36  Whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable

             (1)  A Government FHSA contribution is payable under this Act for a person for a financial year if:

                     (a)  the person is an individual; and

                     (b)  one or more personal FHSA contributions are made during the financial year for the person; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the person has lodged an income tax return for the income year corresponding to the financial year; or

                             (ii)  the person has given a notice in accordance with section 37 for the income year corresponding to the financial year; and

                     (d)  the return or notice (as the case requires) states that the person satisfied the residency requirement in subsection (2) for at least part of the income year corresponding to the financial year; and

                     (e)  the person satisfied the residency requirement in subsection (2) for at least part of the income year corresponding to the financial year.

Note:          A person’s acquisition of a qualifying interest in a dwelling after a personal FHSA contribution has been made for the person in that financial year, does not of itself stop a Government FHSA contribution from being payable for the financial year.

             (2)  The residency requirement is that the person is a resident of Australia for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

37  Notification of eligibility status

                   For the purposes of this Part, a person may, in the approved form, notify the Commissioner that:

                     (a)  the person is not required to lodge an income tax return for an income year corresponding to a financial year; and

                     (b)  the person satisfied the residency requirement in subsection 36(2) for at least part of that year.

38  Amount of Government FHSA contribution

             (1)  Work out the amount of a Government FHSA contribution for a person for a financial year in accordance with this section.

             (2)  First work out the following (the covered contributions):

                     (a)  add up the personal FHSA contributions that were made during the financial year for the person; and

                     (b)  if the total exceeds the Government FHSA contribution threshold for that financial year (see section 39)—disregard the excess.

             (3)  The amount of the Government FHSA contribution is the covered contributions multiplied by 17%.

             (4)  If (apart from this subsection) the amount of the Government FHSA contribution would be less than $20, the amount of the Government FHSA contribution is increased to $20.

             (5)  If (apart from this subsection) the amount of the Government FHSA contribution would fall short of a multiple of $1, the amount of the Government FHSA contribution is increased by that shortfall.

39  Government FHSA contribution threshold

                   The Government FHSA contribution threshold for the 2008‑09 financial year is $5,000. This amount is indexed annually.

Note:          Section 40 shows how to index this threshold. However, the threshold only moves by increments of $500.

40  Indexation of Government FHSA contribution threshold

             (1)  The amount of the Government FHSA contribution threshold is indexed annually by:

                     (a)  multiplying the amount for the 2008‑09 financial year by its indexation factor; and

                     (b)  rounding the result in paragraph (a) down to the nearest multiple of $500.

             (2)  The Government FHSA contribution threshold is not indexed if its indexation factor is 1 or less.

             (3)  The indexation factor is:

             (4)  The indexation factor mentioned in subsection (3) is calculated to 3 decimal places (rounding up if the fourth decimal place is 5 or more).

             (5)  The index number for a quarter is the estimate of full‑time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings for the middle month of the quarter first published by the Australian Statistician for that month.


 

Division 2Payment of Government FHSA contribution

41  Commissioner’s determinations

             (1)  The Commissioner must determine that a Government FHSA contribution is payable for a person for a financial year if the Commissioner is satisfied that the contribution is payable for the person for the financial year.

             (2)  In deciding whether to make a determination under this section, the Commissioner may have regard to:

                     (a)  the income tax return lodged for the person, or the notice given in accordance with section 37 for the person, as the case requires, for the income year corresponding to the financial year; and

                     (b)  the statement (relating to personal FHSA contributions) given to the Commissioner under section 391‑5 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 for the person for the financial year; and

                     (c)  any other information held by the Commissioner that is relevant to whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable for the person for the financial year.

             (3)  If the Commissioner makes a determination under subsection (1), the Commissioner must determine whether the contribution is to be paid:

                     (a)  to an FHSA held by the person; or

                     (b)  to a superannuation interest of the person in a complying superannuation plan; or

                     (c)  to the person; or

                     (d)  to the person’s legal personal representative.

42  Payment of Government FHSA contribution

             (1)  The Commissioner must, in accordance with a determination made under section 41, pay the Government FHSA contribution payable for a person for a financial year on or before the last day (the payment date) of the period mentioned in subsection (2).

             (2)  The period:

                     (a)  starts on the later of the following days:

                              (i)  the day on which the income tax return is lodged for the person, or the notice is given in accordance with section 37 for the person, as the case requires, for the income year corresponding to the financial year;

                             (ii)  the day on which the statement (relating to personal FHSA contributions) for the person for the financial year is given to the Commissioner under section 391‑5 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953; and

                     (b)  ends 60 days later.

43  Providers to return Government FHSA contribution in certain circumstances

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a Government FHSA contribution for a person is paid to an FHSA provider or a superannuation provider; and

                     (b)  the provider has not paid the contribution to an FHSA held by the person, or to a superannuation interest of the person in a complying superannuation plan, by the end of the 28th day after the day on which the contribution was paid to the provider;

the provider:

                     (c)  is liable to repay the contribution to the Commonwealth; and

                     (d)  must advise the Commissioner of the repayment, in the approved form, when the contribution is repaid.

Note 1:       The liability to repay the contribution is a tax‑related liability: see Part 4‑15 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 for collection and recovery provisions.

Note 2:       Section 52 provides for the imposition of general interest charge if the contribution is not repaid within a certain period.

Note 3:       Section 286‑75 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 provides an administrative penalty for breach of paragraph (1)(d). A breach of that paragraph may also be an offence under section 8C of that Act.

             (2)  The amount is due and payable 7 days after the day on which the provider first becomes liable to repay the contribution.

44  Government FHSA contribution increased by interest amount if paid late in certain circumstances

             (1)  The amount of the Government FHSA contribution for a person for a financial year is increased by the amount of interest worked out under subsection (2) if the Commissioner pays none of the Government FHSA contribution on or before the payment date for the contribution (see subsection 42(1)).

             (2)  The interest is to be calculated:

                     (a)  on the amount of the Government FHSA contribution; and

                     (b)  for the period from the payment date for the Government FHSA contribution until the day on which the Commissioner first pays an amount in satisfaction of the Government FHSA contribution; and

                     (c)  on a daily basis; and

                     (d)  at the base interest rate for the day on which the interest is calculated.

45  Commissioner to notify if Government FHSA contribution paid

             (1)  If the Commissioner pays a Government FHSA contribution for a person to:

                     (a)  the person; or

                     (b)  the person’s legal personal representative;

the Commissioner must notify the person or the representative of the payment when the contribution is paid.

             (2)  If the Commissioner pays a Government FHSA contribution for a person to an FHSA provider or superannuation provider, the Commissioner must notify the provider and the person of the contribution when it is paid.


 

Division 3Underpayments of Government FHSA contribution

46  Underpayment determinations

             (1)  This section applies if the Commissioner:

                     (a)  pays an amount by way of a Government FHSA contribution for a person for a financial year; and

                     (b)  is satisfied that the amount paid is less than the correct amount of the contribution.

             (2)  The amount by which the correct amount exceeds the amount paid is the underpaid amount.

             (3)  The Commissioner must determine that the underpaid amount is to be paid for the person for the financial year.

             (4)  If the Commissioner makes a determination under subsection (3), the Commissioner must determine whether the underpaid amount is to be paid:

                     (a)  to an FHSA held by the person; or

                     (b)  to a superannuation interest of the person in a complying superannuation plan; or

                     (c)  to the person; or

                     (d)  to the person’s legal personal representative.

             (5)  The Commissioner must, in accordance with determinations made under this section, pay the underpaid amount on or before the last day (the payment date) of the period mentioned in subsection (6).

             (6)  The period:

                     (a)  starts on the later of the following days:

                              (i)  the day on which the income tax return is lodged for the person, or the notice is given in accordance with section 37 for the person, as the case requires, for the income year corresponding to the financial year;

                             (ii)  the day on which the statement (relating to personal FHSA contributions) for the person for the financial year is given to the Commissioner under section 391‑5 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953; and

                     (b)  ends 60 days later.

47  Providers to return underpaid amounts in certain circumstances

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  the underpaid amount for a person is paid to an FHSA provider or a superannuation provider; and

                     (b)  the provider has not paid the underpaid amount to an FHSA held by the person, or to a superannuation interest of the person in a complying superannuation plan, by the end of the 28th day after the day on which the contribution was paid to the provider;

the provider:

                     (c)  is liable to repay the underpaid amount to the Commonwealth; and

                     (d)  must notify the Commissioner of the repayment, in the approved form, at the time when the underpaid amount is repaid.

Note 1:       The liability to repay the contribution is a tax‑related liability: see Part 4‑15 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 for collection and recovery provisions.

Note 2:       Section 52 provides for the imposition of general interest charge if the contribution is not repaid within a certain period.

Note 3:       Section 286‑75 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 provides an administrative penalty for breach of paragraph (1)(d). A breach of that paragraph may also be an offence under section 8C of that Act.

             (2)  The amount is due and payable 7 days after the day on which the provider first becomes liable to repay the underpaid amount.

48  Government FHSA contribution increased by interest amount if underpaid amount paid late in certain circumstances

             (1)  The amount of the Government FHSA contribution for a person for a financial year is increased by the amount of interest worked out under subsection (2) if the Commissioner does not pay the underpaid amount in full on or before the payment date for the underpaid amount (see subsection 46(5)).

             (2)  The interest is to be calculated:

                     (a)  on the underpaid amount that remains unpaid on the payment date for the underpaid amount; and

                     (b)  for the period from the payment date for the underpaid amount until the day on which the underpaid amount is paid in full; and

                     (c)  on a daily basis; and

                     (d)  at the base interest rate for the day on which the interest is calculated.

49  Small underpayments paid by cheque

                   The amount of the Government FHSA contribution is increased by the difference between $5 and the underpaid amount if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner makes a determination under subsection 46(3) in relation to an underpaid amount; and

                     (b)  the underpaid amount is less than $5; and

                     (c)  the underpaid amount is to be paid by cheque to:

                              (i)  the person; or

                             (ii)  the person’s legal personal representative.


 

Division 4Overpayments of Government FHSA contribution

50  Recovery of overpayments

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner pays an amount by way of a Government FHSA contribution for a person for a financial year; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  the contribution was not payable for the person for the financial year; or

                             (ii)  the amount paid is more than the correct amount of the contribution.

             (2)  The overpaid amount is:

                     (a)  if the contribution was not payable for the person for the financial year—the whole of the amount referred to in paragraph (1)(a); or

                     (b)  if the amount paid is more than the correct amount of the contribution—the amount by which the amount paid exceeds the correct amount.

             (3)  The Commissioner may take action to recover the overpaid amount under one or more of the items in the following table, but may only take action under an item if the conditions (if any) specified for that item are satisfied:

 

Methods for recovering overpaid amount

Item

Action the Commissioner may take to recover overpaid amount

Conditions to be satisfied

1

The Commissioner may deduct the whole or a part of the overpaid amount from any Government FHSA contribution payable for the person.

 

2

The Commissioner may recover the whole or a part of the overpaid amount from the person (or the person’s legal personal representative) as a debt due by the person (or the representative) to the Commonwealth.

The Government FHSA contribution must have been paid by the Commissioner to the person (or the representative) or a payment of a kind mentioned in paragraph 31(1)(a) or (e) must have been made from an FHSA held by the person.

The Commissioner must give the person (or the representative) written notice of the proposed recovery (including the amount to be recovered).

At least 28 days must have elapsed since the notice was given.

The amount recovered must not exceed the amount specified in the notice.

3

The Commissioner may recover the whole or a part of the overpaid amount from an FHSA provider or a superannuation provider to which:

(a) the Commissioner paid the Government FHSA contribution; or

(b) another FHSA provider or superannuation provider transferred the Government FHSA contribution;

as a debt due by the FHSA provider or superannuation provider to the Commonwealth.

The amount recovered must not exceed the balance held by the provider for the person.

The Commissioner must give the provider written notice of the proposed recovery (including the amount to be recovered).

At least 28 days must have elapsed since the notice was given.

The amount recovered must not exceed the amount specified in the notice.

Note:          Section 52 provides for the imposition of general interest charge if an amount that the person must pay under a notice given to the person under item 2 or 3 of the above table is not repaid within a certain period.

             (4)  The Commissioner may revoke a notice given under item 2 or 3 of the table in subsection (3) if the Commissioner is satisfied that it is appropriate in the circumstances to do so.

             (5)  The total of the amounts deducted or recovered under subsection (3) in relation to an overpayment must not exceed the overpaid amount.

             (6)  If the Commissioner makes a deduction under item 1 of the table in subsection (3) in relation to a Government FHSA contribution for a person, the Commissioner must notify the person within 28 days after the deduction is made.

51  Small overpayments

                   If the overpaid amount mentioned in subsection 50(2) is less than the greater of the following amounts:

                     (a)  $100;

                     (b)  the amount (if any) specified in the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph;

the Government FHSA contribution is increased by the overpaid amount.


 

Part 4AUnclaimed money

  

51A  Statement of unclaimed money etc.

             (1)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if:

                     (a)  at the end of a calendar year, there is unclaimed money held in FHSAs provided by it; and

                     (b)  within 3 months after the end of the year, the provider has not given ASIC a statement complying with subsections (2), (3) and (4).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (2)  The statement must be in the approved form.

             (3)  The approved form may require the statement to contain the following information in relation to each FHSA mentioned in paragraph (1)(a):

                     (a)  the FHSA holder’s name;

                     (b)  the FHSA holder’s address;

                     (c)  the amount of unclaimed money;

                     (d)  the FHSA provider;

                     (e)  the FHSA account number, policy number or other identifying number.

             (4)  If, between the end of the calendar year and the day on which the statement is given to ASIC, the provider has made any payments (other than a payment of a kind mentioned in paragraph 31(1)(f), (g) or (h)) from any FHSA mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) of this section, the statement must contain information relating to the amounts so paid.

             (5)  Subsections (3) and (4) do not limit the information the approved form may require the statement to contain.

51B  Payment of unclaimed money to ASIC on behalf of the Commonwealth

             (1)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if:

                     (a)  it gives a statement to ASIC under section 51A at a time; and

                     (b)  at the same time, it does not pay to ASIC on behalf of the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of unclaimed money worked out under subsection (2).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (2)  Work out the amount in accordance with the following formula:

where:

money paid means the total of any amounts paid as mentioned in subsection 51A(4).

remaining partial balances means the total of the balances (if any) of any FHSAs from which amounts have been paid as mentioned in subsection 51A(4).

statement amount means the total of unclaimed money shown in the statement mentioned in subsection 51A(1).

             (3)  Subject to section 51C, an FHSA provider is, upon payment to ASIC of an amount as required by this section, discharged from further liability in respect of that amount.

51C  Payment where money later claimed etc.

             (1)  ASIC must pay to an FHSA provider an amount equal to an amount of unclaimed money in relation to a person if:

                     (a)  unclaimed money in relation to the person has been paid to ASIC on behalf of the Commonwealth under section 51B by the FHSA provider (or another FHSA provider that no longer offers to provide FHSAs); and

                     (b)  the person, or the person’s legal personal representative, has made an application to the provider in the approved form; and

                     (c)  the provider has made an application to ASIC stating that:

                              (i)  it has approved the application mentioned in paragraph (b); and

                             (ii)  it will contribute or pay the amount in accordance with subsection (2).

             (2)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if:

                     (a)  it receives an amount under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  within 30 days after receiving the amount, it does not contribute or pay the amount:

                              (i)  if the application states that the person meets the FHSA eligibility requirements and that he or she wants the amount to be contributed to an FHSA—to an FHSA opened or issued for the person; or

                             (ii)  if the application states that the person wants the amount to be paid to a particular superannuation interest of the person in a complying superannuation plan—to that plan; or

                            (iii)  if the application states that the person is aged 60 or over and that he or she wants the amount to be paid to him or her—to the person; or

                            (iv)  if none of subparagraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) apply—to a superannuation interest for the benefit of the person in the provider’s default superannuation plan (see section 24); or

                             (v)  if the person is deceased—to the person’s legal personal representative.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          For subparagraph (b)(i), the person may still satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements even though the person has acquired a qualifying interest in his or her main residence (see subsection 15(3)).

             (3)  If an FHSA provider satisfies ASIC that an amount paid to ASIC under section 51B exceeds the amount that should have been paid under that section, ASIC must refund to the FHSA provider the amount of the excess.

             (4)  The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purposes of this section.

             (5)  For the purposes of this Act and any other taxation law, treat an amount paid in accordance with subsection (2) as having been paid from an FHSA.

51D  ASIC may publish information relating to unclaimed money statements

                   ASIC may publish any information of a kind mentioned in subsection 51A(3) that is given to ASIC in an unclaimed money statement.

51E  Operation of State and Territory laws in relation to unclaimed money

                   Sections 51A, 51B, 51C and 51D are intended to apply to the exclusion of all laws of a State or Territory which require an FHSA provider to:

                     (a)  pay unclaimed money to, or to an authority of, a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  lodge a return relating to unclaimed money with, or with an authority of, a State or Territory.


 

Part 5Administration

Division 1General

52  When general interest charge payable

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person is liable under subsection 43(1) or 47(1) to repay an amount; and

                     (b)  the whole or a part of the amount remains unpaid after the time by which the amount is due to be paid;

the person is liable to pay general interest charge on the unpaid amount.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the Commissioner gives a person a notice under item 2 or 3 of the table in subsection 50(3); and

                     (b)  an amount that the person must pay under the notice remains unpaid after the time by which it is due to be paid;

the person is liable to pay general interest charge on the unpaid amount.

             (3)  A person who is liable under this section to pay general interest charge on an unpaid amount is liable to pay the charge for each day in the period that:

                     (a)  started at the beginning of the day by which the unpaid amount was due to be paid; and

                     (b)  finishes at the end of the last day at the end of which any of the following remains unpaid:

                              (i)  the unpaid amount;

                             (ii)  general interest charge on any of the unpaid amount.

             (4)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  an amount that a person becomes liable under subsection 43(1) or 47(1) to repay is due to be paid 7 days after the day on which the person first becomes liable to repay the amount; and

                     (b)  an amount payable under a notice given under item 2 or 3 of the table in subsection 50(3) is due to be paid 28 days after the day on which the notice is given.

53  Decisions under Part 4 to be in writing

             (1)  A decision of the Commissioner under Part 4 or regulations relating to that Part must be in writing.

             (2)  Such a decision is taken to be in writing if it is made, or recorded, by means of a computer.

54  Commissioner may arrange for use of computer programs to make decisions under Part 4

             (1)  The Commissioner may arrange for the use, under the Commissioner’s control, of computer programs for any purposes for which the Commissioner may make decisions under Part 4 or regulations relating to that Part.

             (2)  A decision made by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1) is taken to be a decision made by the Commissioner.

55  Approved forms approved by Commissioner

To avoid doubt, an approved form approved by the Commissioner for the purposes of a provision of this Act is an approved form within the meaning of section 388‑50 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.


 

Division 2Tax file numbers

Subdivision AQuotation, use and transfer of FHSA holder’s tax file number

56  FHSA holder or applicant may quote tax file number

                   An FHSA holder, or an applicant to become an FHSA holder, may quote his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Note:          Section 62 sets out the method of quoting.

57  FHSA provider may request FHSA holder’s or applicant’s tax file number

                   An FHSA provider may at any time request, in the approved form, an FHSA holder, or a person applying to become an FHSA holder, to quote his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

58  FHSA provider must request FHSA holder to quote tax file number if not quoted previously

             (1)  Subject to subsection (3), if:

                     (a)  a person becomes a holder of an FHSA; and

                     (b)  the person has not quoted his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts, by the time he or she becomes a holder;

the FHSA provider must, before the required time (see subsection (2)), request the person in the approved form to quote his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Example:    The FHSA provider must make the request if the person quoted the incorrect tax file number in his or her application for the FHSA.

Required time

             (2)  The required time is the end of the 28th day after the day on which the FHSA provider becomes aware that the person has not quoted his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Exception

             (3)  The FHSA provider is not required to make the request if, before the required time, the person quotes his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Offences

             (4)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if it contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (5)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if it contravenes subsection (1). This is an offence of strict liability.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

59  No obligation to quote tax file number

                   If the FHSA provider requests an FHSA holder or an applicant to quote his or her tax file number, the holder or applicant is not obliged to comply with the request.

60  Use of tax file number for certain purposes

             (1)  This section applies if an FHSA holder, or a person applying to become an FHSA holder, quotes his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Obligation to record tax file number

             (2)  If the FHSA provider does not already have a record of the tax file number, the FHSA provider must, as soon as is reasonably practicable after the quotation, make a record of it.

Obligation to retain tax file number until no longer required

             (3)  The FHSA provider must ensure that:

                     (a)  if the person applies to become an FHSA holder, but does not become an FHSA holder—the record is retained until the time (the last retention time) at which the person ceases to be an applicant; and

                     (b)  if the person is or becomes a holder of an FHSA provided by the FHSA provider—the record is retained until the later of the following times (also the last retention time):

                              (i)  the time the person ceases to be a holder of such an FHSA;

                             (ii)  the last time at which the FHSA provider needs to use the tax file number in order to comply with its obligations under Division 391 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Obligation to destroy tax file number record when no longer required

             (4)  The FHSA provider must ensure that the record is destroyed as soon as is reasonably practicable after the last retention time.

             (5)  Subsection (4) does not apply if the tax file number has also been provided for another purpose and is still required for that purpose.

Use of tax file numbers to locate amounts

             (6)  Subject to subsection (7), the FHSA provider may use tax file numbers quoted to it as mentioned in subsection (1) in order to locate, in the records or accounts of the FHSA provider, amounts held in FHSAs provided by it.

Use of tax file numbers to identify FHSAs held by a particular person

             (7)  If the FHSA provider needs to identify the FHSA held by a particular person:

                     (a)  the FHSA provider must first use information (other than tax file numbers) to identify the FHSA; and

                     (b)  the FHSA provider may only use the tax file number quoted by the person to the FHSA provider:

                              (i)  if the information referred to in paragraph (a) is insufficient to identify the FHSA; or

                             (ii)  to confirm the identification of the FHSA resulting from the use of the other information.

Offences

             (8)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if it contravenes a requirement of this section.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (9)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if it contravenes a requirement of this section. This is an offence of strict liability.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

61  FHSA provider must inform other FHSA provider or superannuation provider of tax file number for certain purposes

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a person is the holder of an FHSA provided by an FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  the holder has quoted (whether as a holder or as a person applying to become a holder) his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts.

Transfer of amounts in an FHSA to another FHSA

             (2)  If the FHSA provider transfers the balance of the FHSA to another FHSA held by the holder, the FHSA provider must, at the time of the transfer and in the approved form, inform the other FHSA provider of the holder’s tax file number.

Contribution of amounts in an FHSA to a complying superannuation plan

             (3)  If the FHSA provider contributes any amount from the FHSA to a complying superannuation plan for the benefit of the holder, the FHSA provider must, at the time of the contribution and in the approved form, inform the superannuation provider in relation to the plan of the holder’s tax file number.

Offences

             (4)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if it contravenes a requirement of this section.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (5)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if it contravenes a requirement of this section. This is an offence of strict liability.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Subdivision BMethod of quotation of tax file numbers, including deemed quotation

62  Method of quoting tax file number

                   A person quotes his or her tax file number to another person in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts if:

                     (a)  the person informs the other person of the number in the approved form; or

                     (b)  the person is taken to have quoted the number to the other person in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts under any of the following provisions of this Division.

63  FHSA holder taken to have quoted where Commissioner gives notice

             (1)  An FHSA holder, or a person applying to become an FHSA holder, is taken to have quoted his or her tax file number to an FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts if the Commissioner gives to the provider notice of the person’s tax file number.

             (2)  The holder or applicant is taken to have quoted that tax file number at the time when the Commissioner gave the notice.

64  Information provided by FHSA provider taken to have been provided by FHSA holder

             (1)  This section applies if, in accordance with subsection 61(2) or (3), an FHSA provider (the first FHSA provider) informs another FHSA provider (the second FHSA provider), or a superannuation provider, of the tax file number of an FHSA holder.

             (2)  The FHSA holder is taken:

                     (a)  to have quoted the tax file number to the second FHSA provider or the superannuation provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts; and

                     (b)  to have quoted that tax file number at the time when the first FHSA provider informs the second FHSA provider or the superannuation provider.

65  FHSA holder or applicant taken to have quoted if he or she quoted for other purposes

                   For the purposes of this Act, an FHSA holder, or a person applying to become an FHSA holder, is taken to have quoted his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts, if:

                     (a)  the FHSA holder or applicant has quoted his or her tax file number to the FHSA provider under a provision of:

                              (i)  the Taxation Administration Act 1953; or

                             (ii)  the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

                            (iii)  the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997; and

                     (b)  the quotation was made on or after the commencement of this Part.

Subdivision CIncorrect quotation of tax file number

66  Effect of mistaken quotation of tax file number

             (1)  The Commissioner may give an FHSA provider notice of the tax file number of the holder of an FHSA if:

                     (a)  the provider has made a record of a number (the recorded TFN) the provider believes to be the tax file number of the holder; and

                     (b)  the Commissioner is satisfied that the recorded TFN:

                              (i)  has been cancelled or withdrawn since it was quoted; or

                             (ii)  is otherwise wrong; and

                     (c)  the Commissioner is satisfied that the holder has a tax file number.

             (2)  The holder is taken to have quoted his or her tax file number to the provider in connection with the operation or the possible future operation of this Act and the Superannuation Acts at a time if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner gives the provider a notice under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  had the recorded TFN been the tax file number of the holder, the holder would have quoted his or her tax file number to the trustee in that way at the time.

67  Effect of invalid quotation of tax file number

             (1)  The Commissioner may give an FHSA provider a notice under subsection (2) if:

                     (a)  the provider has made a record of a number (the recorded TFN) the FHSA provider believes to be the tax file number of the holder of an FHSA; and

                     (b)  the Commissioner is satisfied that the recorded TFN:

                              (i)  has been cancelled or withdrawn since it was quoted; or

                             (ii)  is otherwise wrong; and

                     (c)  the Commissioner is not satisfied that the holder has a tax file number.

             (2)  The notice must:

                     (a)  identify the holder; and

                     (b)  state that the Commissioner is not satisfied that the holder has a tax file number; and

                     (c)  describe the operation of the following provisions that results from the notice being given:

                             (ii)  section 26 (limit on contributions to FHSA);

                            (iii)  sections 32, 32A, 34 and 35 (limit on payments from FHSA).

             (3)  If the Commissioner gives a notice under subsection (2), the Commissioner must give a copy of the notice to the holder.

             (4)  If the Commissioner gives the FHSA provider notice of the person’s tax file number at a later time, the Commissioner must at that time also give the FHSA provider a written revocation of the notice under subsection (2).

Subdivision DProvision of tax file numbers in forms etc.

68  Forms etc. may require tax file number

Application for approval

             (1)  The approved form of an application for authorisation as an FHSA provider under section 89 may require the application to contain the tax file number of the applicant.

Financial returns

             (2)  The form of a financial return a copy of which is required to be given by an FHSA provider to APRA under section 13 of the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001 may require the return to contain the provider’s tax file number.

Application for FHSA

             (3)  The approved form of an application for an FHSA in accordance with section 19 may require the application to contain the tax file number of the applicant.

69  Failure to quote tax file number

             (1)  For the purposes of section 137.1 of the Criminal Code, a person does not omit a matter or thing from a statement made to a person covered under subsection (4) merely because the person has, in making the statement, failed to quote his or her tax file number.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a statement made to a person covered under subsection (4) includes a statement made orally, in writing, in a data processing device or in any other form.

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (2), a statement made to a person covered under subsection (4) includes a statement:

                     (a)  made in an application, notification, return or other document made, prepared, given, or purporting to be made, prepared or given, under this Act or the regulations; or

                     (b)  made in answer to a question asked of a person under this Act or the regulations; or

                     (c)  made in any information given, or purporting to be given, under this Act or the regulations; or

                     (d)  made in a document given to a person covered under subsection (4) otherwise than under this Act or the regulations.

             (4)  A person is covered under this section if the person is exercising powers or performing functions under or in relation to this Act or the regulations.


 

Division 4Review of decisions

Subdivision AReview of Commissioner decisions relating to Government FHSA contributions

71  Review of decisions

             (1)  A person affected by a decision (the original decision) made by the Commissioner under Division 2, 3 or 4 of Part 4 may apply to the Commissioner for review of the decision.

             (2)  If the person does so, the Commissioner must either:

                     (a)  review the original decision and decide to:

                              (i)  affirm it; or

                             (ii)  vary it; or

                            (iii)  set it aside and substitute a new decision; or

                     (b)  arrange for an authorised review officer (see section 72) to do so.

             (3)  In making arrangements for a review under subsection (2), the Commissioner must have regard to the need for the review to be an independent one.

72  Authorised review officers

The Commissioner must authorise persons employed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 who are exercising powers or performing functions under, pursuant to or in relation to a taxation law to be authorised review officers for the purposes of this Division.

73  Withdrawal of review applications

             (1)  An applicant for review under section 71 may, in writing or in any other manner approved by the Commissioner, withdraw the application at any time before the reviewer of the decision does any of the things in subsection 71(2).

             (2)  If an application is so withdrawn, it is taken never to have been made.

Subdivision BReview of certain APRA decisions

74  Reviewable decision

                   Each of the following decisions is a reviewable decision:

                     (a)  a decision of APRA to make a Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph 121(1)(c);

                     (b)  a decision of APRA to vary or revoke a Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph 121(1)(c);

                     (c)  a decision of APRA under subsection 90(2) to treat an application for an authorisation as an FHSA provider as having been withdrawn;

                     (d)  a decision of APRA under subsection 92(2) refusing an application for an authorisation as an FHSA provider;

                     (e)  a decision of APRA under subsection 98(1) to impose any additional conditions on an authorisation as an FHSA provider;

                      (f)  a decision of APRA under subsection 101(2) to treat an application for variation or revocation of a condition imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider as having been withdrawn;

                     (g)  a decision of APRA to refuse to vary or revoke under subsection 103(1) any conditions imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider;

                     (h)  a decision of APRA under subsection 104(1) to vary or revoke any conditions imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider;

                      (i)  a decision of APRA under subsection 107(1) to cancel an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

75  Review of certain decisions

Request for review

             (1)  A person who is affected by a reviewable decision of APRA may, if dissatisfied with the decision, request APRA to reconsider the decision.

How request must be made

             (2)  The request must be made by written notice given to APRA within the period of 21 days after the day on which the person first receives notice of the decision, or within such further period as APRA allows.

Request must set out reasons

             (3)  The request must set out the reasons for making the request.

APRA to reconsider decision

             (4)  Upon receipt of the request, APRA must reconsider the decision and may, subject to subsection (5), confirm or revoke the decision or vary the decision in such manner as APRA thinks fit.

Deemed confirmation of decision if delay

             (5)  If APRA does not confirm, revoke or vary a decision before the end of the period of 60 days after the day on which APRA received the request under subsection (1) to reconsider the decision, APRA is taken, at the end of that period, to have confirmed the decision under subsection (4).

Notice of APRA’s action

             (6)  If APRA confirms, revokes or varies a decision before the end of the period referred to in subsection (5), APRA must give written notice to the person stating:

                     (a)  the result of the reconsideration of the decision; and

                     (b)  the reasons for confirming, varying or revoking the decision, as the case may be.

AAT review of APRA’s decisions

             (7)  Applications may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of decisions of APRA that have been confirmed or varied under subsection (4).

Period for making certain AAT applications

             (8)  If a decision is taken to be confirmed because of subsection (5), section 29 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 applies as if the prescribed time for making application for review of the decision were the period of 28 days beginning on the day on which the decision is taken to be confirmed.

Only trustees affected by certain reviewable decisions

             (9)  For the purposes of this section and section 76, a person is taken not to be affected by a reviewable decision mentioned in paragraph 74(f), (g) or (h) unless the person is a trustee of an FHSA trust that is affected by the decision.

76  Statements to accompany notification of decisions

             (1)  If a written notice is given to a person affected by a reviewable decision stating that the reviewable decision has been made, that notice is to include a statement to the effect that:

                     (a)  the person may, if dissatisfied with the decision, seek a reconsideration of the decision by APRA in accordance with subsection 75(1); and

                     (b)  the person may, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, if dissatisfied with a decision made by APRA upon that reconsideration confirming or varying the first‑mentioned decision, make application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision so confirmed or varied.

             (2)  If APRA confirms or varies a reviewable decision under subsection 75(4) and gives to the person written notice of the confirmation or variation of the decision, that notice is to include a statement to the effect that the person may, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, if dissatisfied with the decision so confirmed or varied, make application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision.

             (3)  A failure to comply with the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) in relation to a reviewable decision or a decision under subsection 75(4) does not affect the validity of that decision.


 

Part 6Enforcement

Division 1Information gathering

77  Commissioner may require person or legal representative to give information

             (1)  The Commissioner may give a person, or the legal personal representative of a person, a written notice requiring the person or representative to give the Commissioner a statement setting out:

                     (a)  information to enable the Commissioner to determine:

                              (i)  whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable for the person; or

                             (ii)  the amount of any Government FHSA contribution payable for the person; or

                     (b)  information to enable the Commissioner to determine to whom the Commissioner should pay a Government FHSA contribution, or an underpaid amount, payable for the person; or

                     (c)  information to enable the Commissioner to determine:

                              (i)  whether an amount is recoverable under section 50 (which deals with overpayments) in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for the person; or

                             (ii)  the overpaid amount in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for the person; or

                     (d)  any other matters relating to Government FHSA contributions specified in the regulations.

The notice must specify the period within which the statement must be given to the Commissioner. The period specified must end not less than 21 days after the day on which the notice is given.

             (2)  The person or representative commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the notice requires the person or representative to give the Commissioner a statement setting out information to enable the Commissioner to determine:

                              (i)  whether an amount is recoverable under section 50 (which deals with overpayments) in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for the person; or

                             (ii)  the overpaid amount in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for the person; and

                     (b)  the person or representative fails to comply with the notice.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

             (3)  The Commissioner may give a notice under subsection (1) at any time and from time to time.

78  Commissioner may require FHSA provider to give information

             (1)  The Commissioner may give an FHSA provider a written notice requiring the provider to give the Commissioner a statement setting out:

                     (a)  information to enable the Commissioner to determine:

                              (i)  whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable for a person; or

                             (ii)  the amount of any Government FHSA contribution payable for a person; or

                     (b)  information to enable the Commissioner to determine to whom the Commissioner should pay a Government FHSA contribution, or an underpaid amount, for a person; or

                     (c)  information to enable the Commissioner to determine:

                              (i)  whether an amount is recoverable under section 50 (which deals with overpayments) in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for a person; or

                             (ii)  the overpaid amount in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for a person; or

                     (d)  any other matters relating to Government FHSA contributions specified by the regulations.

The notice must specify the period within which the statement must be given to the Commissioner. The period specified must end not less than 21 days after the day on which the notice is given.

             (2)  The FHSA provider commits an offence if the provider fails to comply with the notice.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

             (3)  The Commissioner may give a notice under subsection (1) at any time and from time to time.

79  Self‑incrimination

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving a statement under section 77 or 78 on the ground that the statement might tend to incriminate the person or make the person liable to a penalty.

             (2)  However, if the person is an individual, neither:

                     (a)  the statement; nor

                     (b)  anything obtained as a direct or indirect result of the giving of the statement;

is admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings (other than proceedings for an offence against section 77 or 78 of this Act or proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act).


 

Division 2Access to premises

80  Appointment of authorised persons

                   The Commissioner may, by writing signed by the Commissioner, appoint a person:

                     (a)  appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999; and

                     (b)  performing duties in the Australian Taxation Office;

to be an authorised person for the purposes of this Division or of a specified provision of this Division.

81  Powers of authorised person in relation to premises

             (1)  An authorised person may:

                     (a)  with the consent of the occupier or person in charge of premises; or

                     (b)  in accordance with a warrant issued under section 87 in relation to premises;

enter the premises for the purposes of:

                     (c)  obtaining information to determine:

                              (i)  whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable for a person; or

                             (ii)  the amount of a Government FHSA contribution that is payable for a person; or

                            (iii)  whether an amount is recoverable under section 50 (which deals with overpayments) in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for a person; or

                            (iv)  the overpaid amount in relation to a Government FHSA contribution for a person; or

                     (d)  ascertaining whether a person has contravened or is contravening a provision of this Act.

             (2)  If an authorised person enters any premises under subsection (1), the authorised person may search the premises for, inspect, examine, take extracts from, and make copies of, any examinable documents.

82  Obligations of authorised persons—all cases

             (1)  An authorised person is authorised to enter premises in accordance with subsection 81(1) only if:

                     (a)  the authorised person has shown his or her identity card, if required by the occupier or person in charge of the premises; and

                     (b)  the authorised person has given the occupier or person in charge of the premises a written statement of the occupier’s or person’s rights and obligations in relation to the authorised person’s proposed entry onto the premises.

             (2)  An authorised person is not entitled to exercise any powers under this Division in relation to premises if, after entering the premises:

                     (a)  the occupier or person in charge of the premises has required the authorised person to produce his or her identity card for inspection; and

                     (b)  the authorised person fails to comply with the requirement.

83  Obligations of authorised persons—entry by consent

             (1)  An authorised person is authorised to enter premises in accordance with paragraph 81(1)(a) only if the authorised person has informed the occupier or person in charge of the premises that the occupier or person may refuse consent.

             (2)  If an authorised person is on premises by consent in accordance with paragraph 81(1)(a), the authorised person must leave the premises if the occupier or person in charge of the premises asks the authorised person to do so.

84  Obligations of authorised persons—entry by warrant

             (1)  An authorised person must, before entering premises under a warrant issued under section 87:

                     (a)  announce that he or she is authorised to enter the premises; and

                     (b)  give any person at the premises an opportunity to allow entry to the premises.

             (2)  An authorised person is not required to comply with subsection (1) if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that immediate entry to the premises is required to ensure that the effective execution of the warrant is not frustrated.

             (3)  If, when executing the warrant, the occupier or person in charge of the premises is present at the premises, the authorised person must make available to the occupier or person a copy of the warrant.

             (4)  The authorised person must identify himself or herself to the occupier or person.

             (5)  The copy of the warrant referred to in subsection (3) need not include the signature of the magistrate who issued the warrant.

85  Obstruction of authorised person acting under a warrant

                   A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person obstructs or hinders an authorised person in the exercise of the authorised person’s power under section 81; and

                     (b)  the authorised person exercises that power in accordance with a warrant issued under section 87.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

86  Persons to assist authorised persons acting under a warrant

             (1)  If an authorised person enters any premises in accordance with paragraph 81(1)(b), the occupier or the person in charge of the premises must, if requested to do so by the authorised person, provide reasonable assistance to the authorised person in the exercise of his or her power under that section in relation to those premises.

             (2)  The occupier or the person in charge of the premises commits an offence if he or she fails to provide that reasonable assistance to the authorised person.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

87  Issue of warrant to enter premises

             (1)  If a magistrate, on application by an authorised person, is satisfied, by information on oath or affirmation:

                     (a)  that there are reasonable grounds for believing that there are examinable documents on particular premises of an FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  that the issue of the warrant is reasonably required for the purpose of ascertaining:

                              (i)  whether a Government FHSA contribution is payable for a person; or

                             (ii)  the amount of a Government FHSA contribution that is payable for a person; or

                            (iii)  whether an amount is recoverable under section 50 (which deals with overpayments) in relation to a Government FHSA contribution paid for a person; or

                            (iv)  the overpaid amount in relation to a Government FHSA contribution for a person; or

                             (v)  whether a person has contravened or is contravening a provision of this Act;

the magistrate may issue a warrant authorising the authorised person to enter the premises:

                     (c)  with such assistance as is necessary and reasonable; and

                     (d)  during such hours as the warrant specifies, or, if the warrant so specifies, at any time.

             (2)  A warrant must specify:

                     (a)  the powers exercisable under subsection 81(2) by the authorised person to whom the warrant is issued; and

                     (b)  the day (not more than 14 days after the issue of the warrant) on which the warrant ceases to have effect; and

                     (c)  the purpose for which the warrant is issued.

             (3)  The function of issuing a warrant is conferred on the magistrate in a personal capacity and not as a court or a member of a court. The magistrate need not accept the function conferred.

88  Identity cards

             (1)  The Commissioner may cause an identity card to be issued to an authorised person.

             (2)  An identity card must:

                     (a)  contain a recent photograph of the authorised person to whom it is issued; and

                     (b)  be in a form approved, in writing, by the Commissioner.

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person has been issued with an identity card under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the person ceases to be an authorised person for the purposes of this Division; and

                     (c)  the person does not immediately return the identity card to the Commissioner.

Penalty:  1 penalty unit.


 

Part 7Prudential provisions

Division 1Authorisation of RSE licensees as FHSA providers

Subdivision AApplying for authorisation as FHSA provider

89  RSE licensee applications for authorisation as FHSA providers

Who may apply for authorisation as FHSA provider

             (1)  An RSE licensee that holds an RSE licence of a class that would enable it to be a trustee of a public offer entity may apply to APRA for an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

Requirements for applications

             (2)  An application for an authorisation as an FHSA provider must:

                     (a)  be in the approved form; and

                     (b)  contain the information required by the approved form; and

                     (c)  be accompanied by the application fee (if any) specified in regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

Note:          The approved form may require the application to contain the tax file number of the applicant (see section 68).

90  APRA may request further information

             (1)  APRA may give an applicant for an authorisation as an FHSA provider a notice, in writing, requesting it to give specified information relating to the application to APRA by a specified time. The specified time must be reasonable in the circumstances.

             (2)  APRA may decide to treat the application as having been withdrawn if the applicant:

                     (a)  does not comply with a request to provide information under this section; and

                     (b)  does not have a reasonable excuse for not complying.

             (3)  If APRA decides under subsection (2) to treat the application as having been withdrawn, APRA must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the applicant is given a notice informing the applicant of:

                     (a)  APRA’s decision; and

                     (b)  the reasons for that decision;

as soon as practicable after making the decision.

91  Period within which application is to be decided

             (1)  APRA must decide an application for an authorisation as an FHSA provider within 30 days after receiving the application unless APRA extends the period for deciding the application under subsection (2).

             (2)  APRA may extend the period for deciding an application by up to 14 days if APRA informs the applicant of the extension:

                     (a)  in writing; and

                     (b)  within 30 days after receiving the application.

             (3)  If APRA extends the period for deciding an application, it must decide the application within the extended period.

             (4)  If APRA has not decided an application by the end of the period in which it is required to decide the application, APRA is taken to have decided, at the end of the last day of that period, to refuse the application.

Subdivision BGrant of authorisation as FHSA provider

92  Grant of authorisation as FHSA provider

             (1)  APRA must grant an authorisation as an FHSA provider to an applicant if, and only if:

                     (a)  APRA has no reason to believe that the applicant would fail to comply with this Act, the regulations or the Prudential Standards if the authorisation were granted; and

                     (b)  APRA has no reason to believe that the applicant would fail to comply with any condition imposed on the authorisation if it were granted; and

                     (c)  the application complies with section 89; and

                     (d)  APRA is satisfied that the applicant holds an RSE licence of a class that would enable it to be a trustee of a public offer entity; and

                     (e)  APRA is satisfied that the applicant meets the capital requirements under section 93; and

                      (f)  the application has not been withdrawn, treated as withdrawn under subsection 90(2) or taken to have been refused under subsection 91(4).

Note:          Conditions apply to every authorisation as an FHSA provider. See Subdivision C.

             (2)  Otherwise APRA must refuse the application.

93  Capital requirements

             (1)  The capital requirements under this section are met by an applicant if it satisfies at least one of the following subsections.

             (2)  An applicant satisfies this subsection if it satisfies subsection 29DA(2) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

             (3)  An applicant satisfies this subsection if:

                     (a)  it satisfies subsection 29DA(3) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 because it is entitled to the benefit of an approved guarantee (within the meaning of that Act); and

                     (b)  the approved guarantee is also in respect of its duties as trustee of each FHSA trust of which it is, or is proposing to become, the trustee.

             (4)  An applicant satisfies this subsection if:

                     (a)  it satisfies subsection 29DA(4) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 because it is entitled to the benefit of an approved guarantee (within the meaning of that Act); and

                     (b)  the approved guarantee is also in respect of its duties as trustee of each FHSA trust of which it is, or is proposing to become, the trustee.

             (5)  An applicant satisfies this subsection if:

                     (a)  it satisfies subsection 29DA(5) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993; and

                     (b)  it has agreed, in writing, to comply with written requirements that have been given to it by APRA; and

                     (c)  the written requirements relate to the custody of the assets of each FHSA trust of which it is, or is proposing to become, the trustee.

94  Documents required to bear ABN

             (1)  An RSE licensee that is an FHSA provider must ensure that its ABN is included in:

                     (a)  each document that it gives to APRA in the capacity of an FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  any other document in which it identifies itself as an FHSA provider; and

                     (c)  any document in which it identifies itself as a trustee of an FHSA trust.

             (2)  An RSE licensee that is an FHSA provider must ensure that the ABN of an FHSA trust of which it the trustee is included in:

                     (a)  each document that it gives to APRA in the capacity of the trustee of the trust; and

                     (b)  any document in which it identifies itself as the trustee of the trust.

             (3)  However, an RSE licensee is not required to comply with subsection (1) in respect of a particular document if it has been given written approval by APRA not to be required to ensure that the ABN is included in that document or in a class of documents that includes that document.

95  When an authorisation is in force

             (1)  An authorisation as an FHSA provider comes into force at the later of:

                     (a)  the time when it is granted; or

                     (b)  the time specified in the authorisation as the time when it comes into force.

             (2)  An authorisation as an FHSA provider continues in force, subject to:

                     (a)  any imposition of conditions under Subdivision C; or

                     (b)  any variation or revocation of those conditions under Subdivision D;

until the authorisation is cancelled under Subdivision E.

96  APRA to give notice of refusal of applications

                   If APRA refuses an application for an authorisation as an FHSA provider, APRA must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the applicant is given a notice informing it of:

                     (a)  APRA’s refusal of the application; and

                     (b)  the reasons for that refusal;

as soon as practicable after refusing the application.

Subdivision CConditions on authorisation as FHSA provider

97  Conditions imposed on all authorisations

             (1)  The following conditions are imposed on all authorisations as an FHSA provider:

                     (a)  the FHSA provider must comply with this Act, the regulations and the Prudential Standards;

                     (b)  the FHSA provider must perform properly the duties of a trustee in respect of each FHSA trust of which it is the trustee;

                     (c)  the FHSA provider must ensure that every FHSA trust of which it is the trustee is maintained solely in respect of the provision of FHSAs;

                     (d)  the FHSA provider must continue to meet the capital requirements under section 93;

                     (e)  the FHSA provider must continue to hold an RSE licence of a class that would enable it to be a trustee of a public offer entity;

                      (f)  the FHSA provider must comply with any other conditions specified by regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

Note 1:       Breach of a condition may lead to consequences such as a direction from APRA to comply with the condition (see section 99) or cancellation of the authorisation (see section 107).

Note 2:       An FHSA provider must notify APRA of certain breaches of conditions: see section 111.

Note 3:       Additional conditions may be imposed on various types of authorisation (see subsection (2)) or a particular authorisation (see section 98).

             (2)  An additional condition specified by a regulation made for the purposes of this subsection as a condition applying to all authorisations of a specified class is imposed on each authorisation of that class.

98  Additional conditions imposed by APRA on individual authorisations

             (1)  APRA may, at any time, impose an additional condition on an authorisation as an FHSA provider by giving the FHSA provider a notice setting out the additional condition.

             (2)  A condition imposed under subsection (1) must not be inconsistent with the following:

                     (a)  any condition imposed by, or under, section 97 on an authorisation as an FHSA provider;

                     (b)  any condition imposed on the RSE licence of the FHSA provider under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

Note 1:       Breach of a condition may lead to consequences such as a direction from APRA to comply with the condition (see section 99) or cancellation of the authorisation (see section 107).

Note 2:       An FHSA provider must notify APRA of certain breaches of conditions (see section 111).

Note 3:       FHSA providers may apply to APRA to have conditions imposed under this section varied or revoked (see section 100).

             (3)  If the FHSA provider is also a financial services licensee:

                     (a)  APRA must consult ASIC before imposing a condition that, in APRA’s opinion, might reasonably be expected to affect the FHSA provider’s ability to provide one or more of the financial services (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001) that the FHSA provider provides; and

                     (b)  APRA must inform ASIC about the imposition of any condition not covered by paragraph (a) within one week after the condition is imposed.

             (4)  A failure to comply with a requirement of subsection (3) does not affect the validity of the imposition of any condition.

             (5)  An additional condition imposed under this section comes into force on the later of:

                     (a)  the day on which APRA gives the FHSA provider the notice of the condition; or

                     (b)  the day specified in the notice as the day on which the condition comes into force.

99  Directions to comply with conditions on authorisation

                   APRA may direct an FHSA provider to comply with a specified condition on its authorisation as an FHSA provider by a specified time if APRA has reasonable grounds to believe that the FHSA provider has breached the condition. The direction must:

                     (a)  be by notice in writing given to the FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  specify a time that is reasonable in the circumstances.

Note:          A failure to comply with a direction may lead to cancellation of the authorisation (see section 107) and may be an offence (see section 112).

Subdivision DVariation or revocation of condition on authorisation as FHSA provider

100  Applications for variation or revocation of condition on authorisation as FHSA provider

             (1)  An FHSA provider may apply to APRA for variation or revocation of a condition that APRA has imposed on its authorisation as an FHSA provider under section 98.

             (2)  An application under this section must:

                     (a)  be in the approved form; and

                     (b)  contain the information required by the approved form.

101  APRA may request further information

             (1)  APRA may give an FHSA provider that makes an application under section 100 a notice requesting the FHSA provider to give APRA, in writing, specified information relating to the application by a specified time that is reasonable in the circumstances.

             (2)  APRA may decide to treat an application under section 100 as having been withdrawn if the FHSA provider:

                     (a)  does not comply with a request to provide information under this section; and

                     (b)  does not have a reasonable excuse for not complying.

             (3)  If APRA decides to treat an application under section 100 as having been withdrawn, APRA must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the FHSA provider is given a notice informing it of:

                     (a)  APRA’s decision; and

                     (b)  the reasons for that decision;

as soon as practicable after making the decision.

102  Period for deciding applications

             (1)  APRA must decide an application under section 100 within 30 days of receiving the application, unless APRA extends the period for deciding the application under subsection (2).

             (2)  APRA may extend the period for deciding an application under section 100 by up to 14 days if APRA informs the FHSA provider of the extension:

                     (a)  in writing; and

                     (b)  within 30 days after receiving the application.

             (3)  If APRA extends the period for deciding an application under section 100, it must decide the application within the extended period.

             (4)  If APRA has not decided an application under section 100 by the end of the period by which it is required to decide the application, APRA is taken to have decided, at the end of the last day of that period, to refuse the application.

103  APRA may vary or revoke conditions on authorisation—in accordance with application

             (1)  If an FHSA provider makes an application in accordance with section 100, APRA may vary or revoke a condition that APRA has imposed under section 98 on the FHSA provider’s authorisation as an FHSA provider.

             (2)  However:

                     (a)  a condition as varied must not be inconsistent with the following:

                              (i)  any condition imposed by section 97;

                             (ii)  any condition imposed on the RSE licence of the FHSA provider under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993; and

                     (b)  if the FHSA provider is also a financial services licensee:

                              (i)  APRA must consult ASIC before varying or revoking a condition that, in APRA’s opinion, might reasonably be expected to affect the FHSA provider’s ability to provide one or more of the financial services (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001) that the FHSA provider provides; and

                             (ii)  APRA must consult ASIC before varying a condition so that it would, in APRA’s opinion, become a condition that might reasonably be expected to have an effect as described in subparagraph (ii); and

                            (iii)  APRA must inform ASIC about the variation or revocation of any condition not covered by subparagraph (i) or (ii) within one week after the condition is varied or revoked.

             (3)  A failure to comply with a requirement of paragraph (2)(b) does not invalidate the variation or revocation of a condition.

             (4)  APRA is not required to vary or revoke any condition on an authorisation as an FHSA provider in the terms requested by an FHSA provider in an application under section 100.

104  APRA may vary or revoke conditions on authorisation—on its own initiative

             (1)  APRA may, on its own initiative, vary or revoke any condition that it imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider under section 98.

             (2)  However:

                     (a)  a condition as varied must not be inconsistent with the following:

                              (i)  any condition imposed by section 97;

                             (ii)  any condition imposed on the RSE licence of the FHSA provider under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993; and

                     (b)  if the FHSA provider is also a financial services licensee:

                              (i)  APRA must consult ASIC before varying or revoking a condition that, in APRA’s opinion, might reasonably be expected to affect the FHSA provider’s ability to provide one or more of the financial services (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001) that the FHSA provider provides; and

                             (ii)  APRA must consult ASIC before varying a condition so that it would, in APRA’s opinion, become a condition that might reasonably be expected to have an effect as described in subparagraph (i); and

                            (iii)  APRA must inform ASIC about the variation or revocation of any condition not covered by subparagraph (i) or (ii) within one week after the condition is varied or revoked.

             (3)  A failure to comply with a requirement of paragraph (2)(b) does not affect the validity of the variation or revocation of a condition.

105  Notification of APRA’s decisions under this Division

             (1)  APRA must give a notice to an FHSA provider if APRA varies or revokes, under section 103 or 104, a condition on the FHSA provider’s authorisation as an FHSA provider.

             (2)  The notice must:

                     (a)  identify the authorisation condition being varied or revoked; and

                     (b)  specify any conditions imposed under section 98 to which the authorisation is subject after the variation or revocation comes into force; and

                     (c)  state the reasons for the variation or revocation; and

                     (d)  specify the day, not earlier than the day on which APRA gives the notice, on which the variation or revocation comes into force.

             (3)  If APRA refuses an application for a variation or revocation under section 103, APRA must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the applicant is given a notice informing it of:

                     (a)  APRA’s refusal of the application; and

                     (b)  the reasons for the refusal;

as soon as practicable after refusing the application.

106  When variations or revocations come into force etc.

             (1)  If, under section 103 or 104, APRA varies a condition imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider:

                     (a)  the variation comes into force on the day specified in the notice under paragraph 105(2)(d); and

                     (b)  the variation remains in force until:

                              (i)  the condition is varied in an inconsistent manner; or

                             (ii)  the condition is revoked; or

                            (iii)  the authorisation is cancelled.

             (2)  If, under section 103 or 104, APRA revokes a condition imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider, the revocation comes into force on the day specified in the notice under paragraph 105(2)(d).

Subdivision ECancelling authorisation as FHSA provider

107  Cancellation of authorisation as FHSA provider

             (1)  Subject to subsection (3), APRA may, in writing, cancel an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

Note:          In some circumstances, APRA must inform or consult ASIC before cancelling an authorisation (see section 108).

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), APRA may cancel an authorisation as an FHSA provider under that subsection if:

                     (a)  the FHSA provider has requested, in the approved form, that the authorisation be cancelled; or

                     (b)  the FHSA provider is a disqualified person for the purposes of Part 15 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (as that Part applies under subsection 114(2)); or

                     (c)  the FHSA provider has breached a condition imposed on the authorisation; or

                     (d)  APRA has reason to believe that the FHSA provider will breach a condition imposed on the authorisation; or

                     (e)  the FHSA provider has failed to comply with a direction by APRA under section 99; or

                      (f)  APRA has reason to believe that the FHSA provider will fail to comply with a direction by APRA under section 99.

             (3)  If APRA cancels an authorisation as an FHSA provider it must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the FHSA provider is given a notice informing it:

                     (a)  that APRA has cancelled the authorisation; and

                     (b)  of the reasons for the cancellation.

108  Cancellation of authorisation for FHSA provider that is financial services licensee

             (1)  Before cancelling the authorisation as an FHSA provider of an FHSA provider that is also a financial services licensee, APRA must consult ASIC if, in APRA’s opinion, the cancellation might reasonably be expected to affect the FHSA provider’s ability to provide one or more of the financial services (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001) that the FHSA provider provides.

             (2)  If APRA cancels the authorisation as an FHSA provider of an FHSA provider that is also a financial services licensee, APRA must inform ASIC of the cancellation within one week after the cancellation.

             (3)  A failure to comply with a requirement of this section does not affect the validity of the cancellation of an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

109  APRA may allow authorisation as FHSA provider to continue in effect

                   In a notice that APRA gives to an FHSA provider cancelling its authorisation as an FHSA provider, APRA may specify that the authorisation continues in effect as though the cancellation had not happened for the purposes of:

                     (a)  a specified provision, administered by APRA, of this Act or the regulations; or

                     (b)  the Prudential Standards; or

                     (c)  a specified provision, administered by APRA, of any other law of the Commonwealth;

in relation to specified matters, a specified period, or both.

Subdivision FOffences and self‑incrimination

110  Providing an FHSA while unauthorised etc.

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person purports to provide an FHSA; and

                     (b)  the person is not an RSE licensee that holds an authorisation as an FHSA provider; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the person is not an ADI; or

                             (ii)  the person is an ADI with an authority granted under section 9 of the Banking Act 1959 that does not allow the person to provide an FHSA; and

                     (d)  either:

                              (i)  the person is not a life insurance company; or

                             (ii)  the person is a life insurance company with conditions of registration imposed under section 22 of the Life Insurance Act 1995 that do not allow the person to provide an FHSA.

             (2)  A person that contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years, or 120 penalty units, or both.

             (3)  This section does not prevent an FHSA provider from engaging or authorising persons to act on its behalf.

111  Failing to notify breach of condition on authorisation

             (1)  If an FHSA provider becomes aware that:

                     (a)  the FHSA provider has breached or will breach a condition imposed on its authorisation as an FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  the breach is or will be significant (see subsection (2));

the FHSA provider must give APRA a written report about the breach as soon as practicable, and in any case no later than 10 business days, after becoming aware of the breach.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a breach is or will be significant if the breach is or will be significant having regard to any one or more of the following factors:

                     (a)  the number or frequency of similar previous breaches;

                     (b)  the impact the breach has or will have on the FHSA provider’s ability to fulfil its obligations as an FHSA provider;

                     (c)  the extent to which the breach indicates that the FHSA provider’s arrangements to ensure compliance with this Act, the regulations and the Prudential Standards might be inadequate;

                     (d)  the actual or potential financial loss arising or that will arise from the breach to the holders of FHSAs provided by the FHSA provider;

                     (e)  any other matters specified in regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is an FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  the person is in breach of subsection (1).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (4)  Subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

112  Not complying with direction to comply with condition on authorisation

             (1)  An FHSA provider must comply with a direction given to it under section 99 within the time specified in the direction.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is an FHSA provider; and

                     (b)  the person is in breach of subsection (1).

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (3)  Subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

113  Breach does not affect validity of issue of FHSA etc.

                   A contravention of section 110, 111 or 112 does not affect the validity of a transaction.


 

Division 2Application of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993

114  Modified application of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993

             (1)  The object of this section is to apply certain prudential provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to RSE licensees that hold an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, the provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 apply:

                     (a)  to an FHSA provider that holds such an authorisation in the same way that they apply to an RSE licensee that is a trustee of a public offer superannuation fund; and

                     (b)  to an FHSA trust in the same way that they apply to a public offer superannuation fund; and

                     (c)  to the holder of an FHSA provided by such an FHSA provider in the same way that they apply to a beneficiary or member of a public offer superannuation fund; and

                     (d)  to an FHSA provided by such an FHSA provider in the same way that they apply to a superannuation interest.

Example:    An FHSA provider that is the trustee of an FHSA trust may commit an offence under section 35A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 as applied by this section if the provider fails to comply with the obligations in section 35A concerning the accounting records of the FHSA trust.

          (2A)  Subsection (2) also applies for the purposes of section 315 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 as if:

                     (a)  a reference in that subsection to an FHSA provider included a reference to a trustee who purports to provide an FHSA trust; and

                     (b)  a reference in that subsection to an FHSA trust included a reference to a trust purported to be an FHSA trust; and

                     (c)  a reference in that subsection to a holder of an FHSA included a reference to a beneficiary of a trust purported to be an FHSA trust.

             (3)  However:

                     (a)  subsection (2) does not apply to the provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 mentioned in section 115; and

                     (b)  the remaining provisions of that Act apply under subsection (2) as modified by this Division.

115  Provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 that do not apply

                   For the purposes of paragraph 114(3)(a), the provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 that do not apply are as follows:

                     (a)  sections 1 to 4 and section 10A;

                     (b)  Parts 2A, 2B and 3;

                     (c)  Part 5;

                     (d)  sections 54 and 55A and subsection 59(1A);

                     (e)  Part 7, other than:

                              (i)  sections 65 and 66; and

                             (ii)  subsections 67(1), (2), (3) and (7); and

                            (iii)  section 68;

                      (f)  Part 8, other than:

                              (i)  sections 69, 70B, 70C, 70D, 70E, 71D, 71E, 73, 75, 83, 84 and 85; and

                             (ii)  section 71 (other than paragraph 71(1)(c));

                     (g)  Parts 9 to 11;

                     (h)  sections 104, 107, 108, 117 and 118;

                      (i)  Parts 24, 24A, 24B and 25A;

                      (j)  sections 337A, 342, 349, 349A and 353;

                     (k)  Part 32.

116  General modifications of applicable provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993

                   The provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 that apply for the purposes of this Act under subsection 114(2) apply with the following modifications:

                     (a)  treat references to “this Act” as references to this Act (including provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 that apply for the purposes of this Act);

                     (b)  treat references to “the regulations” as references to the regulations under this Act;

                     (c)  treat references to a year of income as references to a financial year;

                     (d)  treat conduct (including an omission) that is inconsistent with the Prudential Standards in the same way as conduct (including an omission) that is inconsistent with the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993;

                     (e)  treat conduct (including an omission) that is required or authorised by, or otherwise performed in connection with, the Prudential Standards in the same way as conduct (including an omission) that is required or authorised by, or otherwise performed in connection with, the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

117  References to Prudential Standards

             (1)  The Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 applies in accordance with subsection 114(2) with the modifications set out in this section.

             (2)  Treat the reference in paragraph 130A(a) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to “this Act” as including the Prudential Standards.

             (3)  Insert after paragraph 133(1)(c) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 the following paragraph:

                     (d)  the FHSA provider breaches:

                              (i)  the Prudential Standards; or

                             (ii)  its authorisation as an FHSA provider; or

             (4)  Insert after paragraph 135(1)(c) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 the following paragraph:

                    (ca)  the Prudential Standards; and

             (5)  Treat the reference in paragraph 139(b) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to “this Act” as including the Prudential Standards.

             (6)  Treat the reference in subsection 320(1) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to “this Act” as including the Prudential Standards.

             (7)  Treat the reference in section 341 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to “this Act” as including the Prudential Standards.

118  Persons who may be appointed to be custodians of FHSA trusts—approved guarantee etc.

                   The requirement in paragraph 123(1)(b) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 is satisfied in relation to a person who is the custodian of an FHSA trust if:

                     (a)  the person satisfies the requirement in that paragraph in relation to the person’s duties as the custodian of a superannuation entity, because of an approved guarantee; and

                     (b)  the trustee of the FHSA trust is also entitled to the benefit of the approved guarantee in respect of the due performance of the person’s duties as custodian of the FHSA trust.

119  Transfer of FHSA trusts

             (1)  The Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 applies in accordance with subsection 114(2) with the modifications set out in this section.

             (2)  Omit references in Part 18 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to an approved deposit fund.

             (3)  Replace paragraph 146(1)(d) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 with the following paragraph:

                     (d)  the transferee fund has an RSE licensee that holds an authorisation as an FHSA provider.

120  Covenants to be included in governing rules—investment management

             (1)  The Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 applies in accordance with subsection 114(2) with the modifications set out in this section.

             (2)  Insert at the beginning of paragraph 52(2)(f) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 “if paragraph (fa) does not apply—”.

             (3)  Add at the end of paragraph 52(2)(f) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 the following subparagraph:

                             (v)  the risk of capital losses in light of the purpose of the FHSA and the minimum term of the FHSA having regard to subparagraph 32(1)(c)(i) or (ii) of the First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008;

             (4)  Insert after paragraph 52(2)(f) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 the following paragraph:

                    (fa)  if the FHSA provider allows individual FHSA holders to choose between investment options specified by the FHSA provider—to formulate and give effect to an investment strategy for each option having regard to the matters mentioned in subparagraphs 52(2)(f)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v);

             (5)  Omit subsection 52(4) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

             (6)  Treat the reference in subsection 55(5) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to “an investment strategy formulated under a covenant referred to in paragraph 52(2)(f)” as including a reference to an investment option formulated under a covenant referred to in paragraph 52(2)(fa) of that Act (as it applies because of subsection (4) of this section).

             (7)  Replace paragraph 58(2)(d) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 with the following paragraph:

                     (d)  a direction given by an FHSA holder by way of a choice mentioned in paragraph 52(2)(fa); or

120A  Injunctions for breach of conditions on authorisations

             (1)  The Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 applies in accordance with subsection 114(2) with the modification set out in this section.

             (2)  Treat the references in section 315 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to a condition imposed on an RSE licence as references to a condition imposed on an authorisation as an FHSA provider.


 

Division 3Prudential Standards

121  Prudential Standards

             (1)  APRA may, in writing, determine standards (known as Prudential Standards) in relation to prudential matters to be complied with by:

                     (a)  all RSE licensees that are FHSA providers; or

                     (b)  a specified class of RSE licensees that are FHSA providers; or

                     (c)  one or more specified RSE licensees that are FHSA providers;

in order to protect the interests of holders of FHSAs provided by the FHSA providers concerned.

             (2)  A Prudential Standard may impose different requirements to be complied with in different situations or in respect of different activities.

             (3)  A Prudential Standard is of no effect to the extent that it conflicts with this Act, the regulations or the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001.

             (4)  A Prudential Standard may provide for APRA to exercise powers and discretions under the Prudential Standard, including (but not limited to) discretions to approve, impose, adjust or exclude specific prudential requirements in relation to one or more specified RSE licensees that are FHSA providers.

             (5)  APRA may, in writing, vary or revoke a Prudential Standard.

             (6)  A Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph (1)(c), or an instrument varying or revoking such a Prudential Standard, has effect:

                     (a)  from the day on which the Prudential Standard, variation or revocation is made; or

                     (b)  if the Prudential Standard, variation or revocation specifies a later day—from that later day.

             (7)  The following instruments made under this section are not legislative instruments:

                     (a)  a Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph (1)(c);

                     (b)  an instrument varying or revoking a Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph (1)(c).

             (8)  Otherwise, an instrument made under this section is a legislative instrument.

122  Notice of determination, variation or revocation of certain Prudential Standards

             (1)  If APRA determines or varies a Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph 121(1)(c) it must, as soon as practicable, give a copy of the standard, or of the variation, to the FHSA provider, or to each FHSA provider, to which the standard applies.

             (2)  If APRA revokes a Prudential Standard referred to in paragraph 121(1)(c) it must, as soon as practicable, give notice of the revocation to the FHSA provider, or to each FHSA provider, to which the standard applied.

             (3)  A failure to comply with subsection (1) or (2) does not affect the validity of the action concerned.


 

Division 4Other prudential provisions

123  Requirement for ADIs and life insurance companies to notify APRA of intention to provide FHSAs

             (1)  A life insurance company or ADI commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the life insurance company or ADI provides an FHSA or offers to provide an FHSA; and

                     (b)  the life insurance company or ADI had not previously notified APRA in writing of its intention to provide FHSAs.

Penalty:  120 penalty units.

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (2)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.

123A  Life insurance companies and ADIs may revoke notice of intention to provide FHSAs

                   A life insurance company or ADI may, in writing given to APRA, revoke a notice given in accordance with section 123 if the life insurance company or ADI:

                     (a)  does not provide FHSAs; and

                     (b)  does not offer to provide FHSAs.

124  Obligations of FHSA providers in relation to certain life policies

             (1)  This section applies if an FHSA provider that is a life insurance company provides an FHSA as a life policy that is an investment‑linked contract.

             (2)  In considering the specified class or group of assets (as mentioned in paragraph 14(4)(a) of the Life Insurance Act 1995) covered under the policy, the provider must have regard to the following matters:

                     (a)  the extent to which the composition of the class or group exposes FHSA holders to risks from inadequate diversification;

                     (b)  the:

                              (i)  risk of a reduction in the value of the units to which the class or group relates; and

                             (ii)  liquidity of the class or group;

                            in light of the purpose of the FHSA and the minimum term of the FHSA if the requirements in subparagraph 32(1)(c)(i) or (ii) are met;

                     (c)  any other relevant matter.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, if the life policy allows an FHSA holder to choose between different investment options specified by the FHSA provider, the provider must, in considering the class or group of assets covered under each of those options, also have regard to the matters mentioned in paragraphs (2)(a) to (c).

125  Protection for small balances

             (1)  A provider of an FHSA commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the provider allows an amount to be paid from the FHSA; and

                     (b)  the amount is an amount of fees owing to the FHSA provider for providing the FHSA; and

                     (c)  the amount of those fees is for a reporting period that applies to the FHSA; and

                     (d)  the total earnings or other return credited to the FHSA for the reporting period is less than the amount of those fees; and

                     (e)  the balance of the FHSA is $1,000 or less.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility and Part IA of the Crimes Act 1914 contains provisions dealing with penalties.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the FHSA holder consents in writing to the payment; or

                     (b)  the FHSA is an interest in an FHSA trust and the earnings or other return credited to the FHSA are calculated by reference to the price of units in the trust; or

                     (c)  the FHSA is provided by a life insurance company.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  Subsection (1) also does not apply if:

                     (a)  the total amount of fees paid for the reporting period from all FHSAs provided by the provider is greater than the total amount of earnings or other return credited by the provider to all those FHSAs for the reporting period; and

                     (b)  the amount of fees paid from an FHSA for that period bears the same proportion to the total amount of fees mentioned in paragraph (a) that the:

                              (i)  earnings or other return credited to the FHSA for that period bears to the total amount of earnings or other return mentioned in paragraph (a); or

                             (ii)  balance of the FHSA at the end of that period bears to the total of the balances of all FHSAs provided by the provider at the end of that period.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

Validity of transaction not affected by contravention

             (4)  A contravention of subsection (1) does not affect the validity of a transaction.


 

Part 8Miscellaneous

   

126  Annual reports

             (1)  The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable after 30 June in each financial year, prepare and give to the Minister a report on the working of this Act during that year, to the extent that that Commissioner has the general administration of this Act.

             (2)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the Minister receives the report.

Note:          See also section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, which contains extra rules about annual reports.

             (3)  For the purposes of section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, a report that is required by subsection (1) to be furnished as soon as practicable after 30 June in a year shall be taken to be a periodic report relating to the working of this Act during the year ending on that 30 June.

126A  FHSA provider to provide information

             (1)  A spouse of an FHSA holder, or the spouse’s legal personal representative, may make an application to the FHSA provider for information about the balance of the FHSA.

             (2)  An application must be in the approved form, and must be accompanied by a declaration stating that the applicant requires the information for either or both of the following purposes:

                     (a)  to assist the applicant in entering into a financial agreement under Part VIIIA or Part VIIIAB of the Family Law Act 1975;

                     (b)  to assist the applicant in connection with obtaining a court order under that Act.

             (3)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if:

                     (a)  it receives an application under this section by a spouse of an FHSA holder; and

                     (b)  it does not comply with the application.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (4)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if:

                     (a)  it receives an application under this section by a spouse of an FHSA holder; and

                     (b)  in response to an application, it provides the spouse with any address (including a postal address) of the FHSA holder.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (5)  An FHSA provider commits an offence if:

                     (a)  it receives an application under this section by a spouse of an FHSA holder; and

                     (b)  it informs the FHSA holder that the application has been made.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

126B  Certain uses of FHSAs prohibited

             (1)  A term of a contract or other agreement providing for a charge (including a mortgage, lien or other encumbrance) over an FHSA has no effect.

             (2)  Rights to payments from an FHSA cannot be assigned.

             (3)  An FHSA provider must not recognise, or in any way encourage or sanction, a charge over an FHSA or an assignment of rights to payments from an FHSA.

             (4)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person does an act; and

                     (b)  the doing of the act results in a contravention of subsection (3).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

126C  Protection for FHSA provider

                   An FHSA provider is not liable for loss or damage suffered by any person because of things done (or not done) by the provider in good faith in reliance on:

                     (a)  an application made to the provider in accordance with section 126A; or

                     (b)  a family law obligation.

127  Civil immunity where defendant was complying with this Act

                   An FHSA provider is not liable in a civil action or civil proceeding in relation to an act done in fulfilment of an obligation imposed by this Act or the regulations.

128  Payment out of a fund in accordance with the Bankruptcy Act 1966

                   If a holder of an FHSA becomes a bankrupt, within the meaning of subsection 5(1) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966, nothing in this Act or the regulations prevents the FHSA provider from paying to the trustee in bankruptcy an amount out of the FHSA that is property divisible amongst the FHSA holder’s creditors, within the meaning of section 116 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966.

128A  Special provisions applying if financial claims scheme entitlements arise in relation to FHSAs

Application

             (1)  This section applies if an entitlement under Division 2AA (Financial claims scheme for account‑holders with insolvent ADIs) of Part II of the Banking Act 1959 arises in connection with an FHSA (the old FHSA) held by a person.

Some contributions treated as transfers from old FHSA

             (2)  If a contribution to another FHSA is made for the purposes of:

                     (a)  meeting the entitlement (wholly or partly); or

                     (b)  paying a distribution attributable to the old FHSA from the liquidation of the provider of the old FHSA;

this Act applies as if the contribution were by way of a transfer from the old FHSA to the other FHSA.

Note:          The effects of this include the contribution being covered by paragraph 11(3)(a), so that the contribution is not a personal FHSA contribution, does not count against the limit on contributions set by section 27 and does not count for working out the amount of a Government FHSA contribution for the person under section 38.

Old FHSA does not affect whether person meets FHSA eligibility requirements

             (3)  For the purposes of determining whether the person meets the FHSA eligibility requirements after the entitlement arises, disregard the old FHSA for the purposes of paragraphs 15(1)(e) and (f).

Note:          This ensures that the holding and closure of the old FHSA after the entitlement arises cannot prevent the person from meeting the FHSA eligibility requirements.

Opening of new FHSA to meet entitlement

             (4)  Subsection 19(1) does not apply to the opening of an FHSA:

                     (a)  under section 16AH of the Banking Act 1959 for the purposes of meeting the entitlement (wholly or partly); or

                     (b)  under section 16AR of that Act for the purposes of paying a distribution attributable to the old FHSA from the liquidation of the provider of the old FHSA.

Note:          A defendant in a prosecution for an offence against section 19 bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4) of this section: see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Notice of person not meeting the FHSA eligibility requirements

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  an FHSA (the new FHSA) is opened:

                              (i)  under section 16AH of the Banking Act 1959 for the purposes of meeting the entitlement (wholly or partly); or

                             (ii)  under section 16AR of that Act for the purposes of paying a distribution attributable to the old FHSA from the liquidation of the provider of the old FHSA; and

                     (b)  before the new FHSA was opened, circumstances arose resulting in the person not meeting the FHSA eligibility requirements; and

                     (c)  after the opening of the new FHSA, the person continues not to meet the FHSA eligibility requirements;

section 20 applies to the person as the holder of the new FHSA in relation to the provider of the new FHSA, but so as to require the person to give notice within 30 days after notice is sent to the person of the opening of the new FHSA.

Note:          The person may still satisfy the FHSA eligibility requirements even though the person has acquired a qualifying interest in his or her main residence (see subsection 15(3)).

Payment connected with right given to APRA by the Banking Act 1959

             (6)  Nothing in this Act or the regulations prevents the provider of the old FHSA from paying an amount out of the FHSA in connection with a right to be paid an amount by the provider that APRA had in connection with the old FHSA because of section 16AI of the Banking Act 1959.

Note:          Section 16AI of the Banking Act 1959 gives APRA the right (or part of the right) the holder of the old FHSA had to be paid an amount by the provider of the old FHSA in connection with the old FHSA.

129  Compensation for acquisition of property

             (1)  If the operation of this Act would result in an acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms, the Commonwealth is liable to pay a reasonable amount of compensation to the person.

             (2)  If the Commonwealth and the person do not agree on the amount of the compensation, the person may institute proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for the recovery from the Commonwealth of such reasonable amount of compensation as the court determines.

             (3)  In this section:

acquisition of property has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

just terms has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

130  State insurance

                   This Act does not apply with respect to State insurance that does not extend beyond the limits of the State concerned.

131  Regulations

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make regulations 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.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the regulations may:

                     (a)  prescribe fees in respect of any matter under this Act; and

                     (b)  prescribe penalties not exceeding 10 penalty units in respect of offences against the regulations.


Notes to the First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008

Note 1

The First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 44, 2008 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008

44, 2008

25 June 2008

26 June 2008

 

First Home Saver Accounts (Further Provisions) Amendment Act 2008

92, 2008

30 Sept 2008

Schedule 1 (items 2, 3, 26) and Schedule 2 (items 4–37): 1 Oct 2008
Schedule 4: 1 Mar 2009 (see s. 2(1))

Sch. 1 (item 26)
S. 2(1) (item 4) (am. by 8, 2010, Sch. 2 [item 13])

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Statute Law Revision Act 2010

8, 2010

1 Mar 2010

Schedule 2 (item 13): (see 8, 2010 below)

Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008

115, 2008

21 Nov 2008

Schedule 2 (item 33): 1 Mar 2009

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 2) Act 2009

42, 2009

23 June 2009

Schedule 1 (items 4–10): Royal Assent

Sch. 1 (item 10)

 

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2009

75, 2009

27 Aug 2009

Schedule 1 (item 205): 27 Feb 2010
Schedule 2 (items 13, 14): 28 Aug 2009

Sch. 2 (item 14)

 

Statute Law Revision Act 2010

8, 2010

1 Mar 2010

Schedule 1 (item 29): Royal Assent
Schedule 2 (item 13): (a)

 

Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Act 2010

145, 2010

16 Dec 2010

Schedule 2 (items 18–20): 17 Dec 2010

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Act 2011

31, 2011

25 May 2011

Schedule 3 (items 1–31, 36): 26 May 2011

Sch. 3 (item 36)

 

Statute Law Revision Act 2012

136, 2012

22 Sept 2012

Schedule 1 (item 56): Royal Assent

 


(a)     Subsection 2(1) (item 16) of the Statute Law Revision Act 2010 provides as follows:

                 (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

16.  Schedule 2, item 13

Immediately after the time specified in the First Home Saver Accounts (Further Provisions) Amendment Act 2008 for the commencement of section 2 of that Act.

30 September 2008


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted     am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

Division 1

 

S. 3......................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 8, 2010

Note to s. 3(1).....................

ad. No. 145, 2010

Part 2

 

Division 1

 

S. 11....................................

am. No. 92, 2008

Subheads. to s. 15(1), (2)..

ad. No. 31, 2011

S. 15....................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 15(1)...................

ad. No. 42, 2009

Subhead. to s. 16(1)...........

ad. No. 31, 2011

S. 16....................................

am. No. 31, 2011

Subhead. to s. 17(1)...........

ad. No. 31, 2011

S. 17....................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 17(2)...................

ad. No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 17(4)...................

ad. No. 31, 2011

S. 17A..................................

ad. No. 92, 2008

Division 2

 

S. 18....................................

am. Nos. 92 and 115, 2008; No. 75, 2009; No. 145, 2010; No. 31, 2011

Part 3

 

Division 1

 

S. 19....................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 19(1)...................

rep. No. 31, 2011

Notes 1, 2 to s. 19(1)..........

ad. No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 19(3)...................

ad. No. 42, 2009

S. 20....................................

am. No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 20(5)...................

ad. No. 42, 2009

S. 21....................................

am. No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 21(1)...................

rep. No. 31, 2011

Notes 1, 2 to s. 21(1)..........

ad. No. 31, 2011

Heading to s. 22.................

rs. No. 31, 2011

S. 22....................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 31, 2011

S. 23....................................

am. No. 31, 2011

Division 2

 

S. 26....................................

am. No. 31, 2011

Ss. 27, 28............................

am. No. 92, 2008

Division 3

 

S. 31....................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 31, 2011

Note to s. 31(1)
Renumbered Note 1.......


No. 42, 2009

Note 2 to s. 31(1)................

ad. No. 42, 2009

Division 4

 

S. 32A..................................

ad. No. 31, 2011

S. 34....................................

am. No. 92, 2008

S. 35....................................

am. No. 31, 2011

Part 4

 

Division 1

 

Note to s. 36(1)...................

ad. No. 31, 2011

Part 4A

 

Part 4A.................................

ad. No. 92, 2008

Ss. 51A–51C.......................

ad. No. 92, 2008

Note to s. 51C(2)................

ad. No. 31, 2011

Ss. 51D, 51E.......................

ad. No. 92, 2008

Part 5

 

Division 2

 

Subdivision C

 

S. 67....................................

am. No. 92, 2008; No. 31, 2011

Heading to Div. 3 of...........
Part 5

rep. No. 136, 2012

S. 70....................................

am. No. 92, 2008

 

rep. No. 145, 2010

Part 7

 

Division 2

 

S. 114..................................

am. No. 92, 2008

S. 120A................................

ad. No. 75, 2009

Division 4

 

S. 123..................................

am. No. 92, 2008

S. 123A................................

ad. No. 92, 2008

Part 8

 

S. 126A................................

ad. No. 92, 2008

 

am. No. 92, 2008

Ss. 126B, 126C...................

ad. No. 92, 2008

S. 128A................................

ad. No. 42, 2009

Note to s. 128A(5)..............

ad. No. 31, 2011


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

First Home Saver Accounts (Further Provisions) Amendment Act 2008
(No. 92, 2008)

Schedule 1

26  Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply from 1 October 2008.

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 2) Act 2009 (No. 42, 2009)

Schedule 1

10  Application

The amendments of the First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008 made by this Schedule apply in relation to entitlements arising under Division 2AA (Financial claims scheme for account‑holders with insolvent ADIs) of Part II of the Banking Act 1959 after 17 October 2008.

Note:       Division 2AA of Part II of the Banking Act 1959 commenced on 18 October 2008.

 

Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2009 (No. 75, 2009)

Schedule 2

14  Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to applications for injunctions made on or after the commencement of this Schedule, whether the conduct, refusal or failure that is the subject of the application occurred before, on or after that commencement.

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Act 2011 (No. 31, 2011)

Schedule 3

36  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to acquisitions of qualifying interests in dwellings on or after the commencement of this Schedule.