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No. R18 of 2004 Determinations/Veterans' Entitlements as made
Provides that where a person or a person's partner receives a compensation payment under the Commonwealth's Defective Administration or Act-of-Grace Schemes for financial loss caused by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Repatriation Commission or Centrelink and the person is eligible for or receives a service pension or income support supplement under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA), then the compensation payment received by the person or the person's partner is an "exempt lump sum" for the purposes of the VEA meaning it is not ordinary income under the VEA and therefore not taken into account in relevant means-tests.
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Registered 28 Jan 2005
Date of repeal 24 Jan 2015
Repealed by Veterans’ Affairs (Legislative Instrument Re-making Exercise) Instrument 2014

 

Commonwealth of Australia

 

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

 

Veterans’ Entitlements Income (Exempt Lump Sum - Compensation) Determination

 

No. R18 of 2004

 

 

I, JEANETTE RICKETTS, Branch Head, Income Support Branch, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and delegate of the Repatriation Commission, pursuant to paragraph 5H(12)(c) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) determine that an amount specified in Part 2 of the Schedule is an exempt lump sum for the purposes of the definition of “ordinary income” in subsection 5H(1) of the VEA.

 

 

 

Dated this    Twenty Second     day of          September             2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JEANETTE RICKETTS

 


 

                                          SCHEDULE

 

Part 1: Preliminary and Interpretation

 

1.                EXPLANATION

 

1.1               Paragraph 5H(12)(c) of the Act enables the Repatriation Commission to determine that an amount, or one of a class of amounts, is an exempt lump sum - the consequence of which is that the amount, or class of amounts, is not ordinary income for the purposes of the Act.

 

1.2     NAME OF DETERMINATION

 

1.2.1            This Determination is the Veterans’ Entitlements Income (Exempt Lump Sum - Compensation) Determination No. R18 of 2004

 

1.3    COMMENCEMENT OF DETERMINATION

 

1.3.1            This Determination takes effect when it is signed by the Commission-delegate.

 

1.4              DEFINITIONS

 

1.4.1            In this Determination:

 

“Act” means the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

 

"Centrelink" means the organisation established under section 6 of the Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency Act 1997 and known as Centrelink.

 

“compensation payment” means a payment under the Compensation for Detriment Caused by Defective Administration scheme (CDDA) or a payment known as an "Act of Grace payment" made under section 33 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

 

Note: CDDA is an administrative scheme established under the Commonwealth's inherent constitutional powers and by Cabinet Decision 24 October 1995 to enable Commonwealth agencies to compensate persons who have been adversely affected by the ‘defective' actions or inaction of such agencies, but who have no other avenues to seek redress.

 

“Family Assistance law” means the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 or the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999.

 

“service pension” has the meaning given in subsection 5Q(1) of the Act.

 

“income support supplement” means the payment called the income support supplement payable under Part IIIA of the Act.

 

“partner” has the meaning given in subsection 5E(1) of the Act.

 

PART 2:     EXEMPT LUMP SUM

 

2.1               If:

 

(a)              a person has received a compensation payment; and

 

(b)             the compensation payment was paid:

 

(i)                to reimburse expenses or compensate for other financial loss incurred by a person due to an administrative error made by an employee of, or contractor to, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or by the Repatriation Commission; or

 

(ii)              in lieu of an amount payable under the Act; and

 

(c)     the person is eligible for, or in receipt of, a service pension or income support supplement;

 

then any amount received by the person, as a compensation payment, is an exempt lump sum.

 

 

 

 

 

2.2              If:

 

(a)              a person (VEA-person) or the partner of a VEA-person (partner) has received a compensation payment; and

 

(b)             the compensation payment was paid:

 

(i)                to reimburse expenses or other financial loss incurred by the VEA-person or the partner due to an administrative error made by an employee of, or contractor to, Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or

 

(ii)              in lieu of an amount payable to the VEA-person or to the partner under the Social Security Act 1991, the Family Assistance law or the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986; and

 

(c)              the VEA-person is eligible for, or in receipt of, a service pension or income support supplement;

 

then the amount received by the VEA-person or the partner, as a compensation payment, is an exempt lump sum.

 

 

PART 3 APPLICATION – EXEMPT LUMP SUMS

 

3.1              A compensation payment that is an exempt lump sum under Part 2 is an exempt lump sum on and from the date the payment was received - being a date not before the commencement of this Determination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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