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User Rights Amendment Principles 2008 (No. 3)

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  • - F2008L04696
  • No longer in force
Principles as made
This instrument amends the User Rights Principles 1997 to make consequential amendments that flow from changes made to the Aged Care Act 1997.
Administered by: Health
Registered 19 Dec 2008
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR03-Feb-2009
Tabled Senate03-Feb-2009
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Social Services (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

User Rights Amendment Principles 2008 (No. 3)1

Aged Care Act 1997

I, JUSTINE ELLIOT, Minister for Ageing, make these Principles under subsection 96-1 (1) of the Aged Care Act 1997.

Dated 18 December 2008

JUSTINE ELLIOT


1              Name of Principles

                These Principles are the User Rights Amendment Principles 2008 (No. 3).

2              Commencement

                These Principles commence on the commencement of the Aged Care Amendment (2008 Measures No. 2) Act 2008.

3              Amendment of User Rights Principles 1997

                Schedule 1 amends the User Rights Principles 1997.

4              Application

                The amendments made by item [31] of Schedule 1 apply to an entity that becomes a former approved provider after 31 December 2008.


Schedule 1        Amendments

(section 3)

  

[1]           Subsection 23.3 (1), definition of key personnel

omit

paragraph 9-1 (2) (a)

insert

section 8-3A

[2]           Paragraph 23.30 (1) (b)

substitute

               (b)    the approved provider or care recipient has applied to the Secretary for a determination, under paragraph 57-14 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act, that the care recipient must not be charged an accommodation bond or must not be charged an accommodation bond of more than a specified maximum amount because payment of the accommodation bond would cause the care recipient financial hardship.

[3]           Subparagraph 23.38 (2) (c) (viii)

omit

Division 14; and

insert

Division 14 and the date when the base interest was paid; and

[4]           Subparagraph 23.38 (2) (c) (ix)

omit

Division 14;

insert

Division 14 and the date when the maximum permissible interest was paid;

[5]           Subparagraph 23.38 (2) (d) (v)

omit

Division 15;

insert

Division 15 and the date when the maximum permissible interest was paid;

[6]           Paragraph 23.40 (1) (b) (iv)

substitute

               (iv)    paragraph 57-2 (1) (e) and sections 57-21, 57-21A and 57-21B of the Act; and

[7]           Subsection 23.48 (1)

substitute

         (1)   This section applies if an accommodation bond is not paid, or a lower amount of accommodation bond is proposed to be paid, because the care recipient has applied to the Secretary:

                (a)    for a determination under paragraph 57-14 (1) (a) of the Act that the care recipient must not be charged an accommodation bond because payment of an accommodation bond would cause the care recipient financial hardship; or

               (b)    for a determination under paragraph 57-14 (1) (b) of the Act that the care recipient must not be charged an accommodation bond of more than a specified maximum amount because payment of more than that amount would cause the care recipient financial hardship.

[8]           After section 23.49

insert

23.49A   Payment of accommodation bond before refund of pre‑allocation lump sum (Act, s 14-5)

         (1)   If the Secretary imposes a condition of allocation under section 14-5 of the Act on an allocation of places within a residential care service (the effect of which is that the person must refund any pre-allocation lump sums within a time specified in the condition) and a care recipient has paid a pre-allocation lump sum for care within that residential care service, an accommodation bond must not be charged until:

                (a)    the pre-allocation lump sum has been refunded to the care recipient; and

               (b)    the approved provider has complied with the rules in section 57-2 of the Act.

         (2)   If an approved provider first complies with the rules in section 57-2 of the Act after the time specified in the condition for the refund of the pre‑allocation lump sum, the care recipient must not be required to pay an accommodation bond earlier than 21 days after the approved provider first complied with those rules.

[9]           Paragraph 23.53 (a)

substitute

                (a)    matters relevant to the making of a determination by the Secretary that a person must not be charged an accommodation bond or must not be charged more than a specified maximum amount of accommodation bond, because payment of an accommodation bond or payment of an accommodation bond of more than the specified amount would cause the person financial hardship; and

[10]         Subsection 23.56 (1), definition of unrealisable asset

omit

subsections 11 (12), (13) and (14)

insert

subsections 11 (12) and (13)

[11]         Subsection 23.56 (2)

after

an accommodation bond

insert

or payment of a specified maximum amount of accommodation bond

[12]         Subsections 23.56 (3) and (4)

substitute

         (3)   In making a determination under paragraph 57-14 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act, the Secretary may consider any of the following matters:

                (a)    the person’s financial arrangements;

               (b)    whether any assets of the person are assets to which he or she does not reasonably have access;

                (c)    if the person has significant assets — whether the assets are unrealisable assets;

               (d)    whether the person has recently gifted any assets;

                (e)    any other matter that the Secretary considers relevant.

[13]         Section 23.57

omit

section 57-14

insert

paragraph 57-14 (1) (a) or (b)

[14]         Section 23.57, note

omit

section 57-14

insert

paragraph 57-14 (1) (a) or (b)

[15]         Paragraph 23.58 (b)

substitute

               (b)    either:

                          (i)    paying an accommodation bond would not cause the care recipient financial hardship; or

                         (ii)    paying an accommodation bond of more than a specified maximum amount would not cause the care recipient financial hardship.

[16]         Section 23.67A

omit

subsection 57-14 (1)

insert

paragraph 57-14 (1) (a)

[17]         Section 23.75A

omit

subsection 57-14 (1)

insert

paragraph 57-14 (1) (a) or (b)

[18]         Section 23.79B, definition of base interest rate

substitute

base interest rate means a rate that:

                (a)    is the sum of the below threshold rate and 2%, expressed as a percentage; and

               (b)    takes effect on the first day of the month following the day when the below threshold rate is determined.

[19]         Subsections 23.79D (1) and (2), definition of BIR

substitute

BIR is the base interest rate, calculated on the first day of the refund period.

[20]         Paragraph 23.81C (2) (d)

substitute

               (d)    when an accommodation charge:

                          (i)    is not required; or

                         (ii)    must not be charged at more than a specified maximum daily amount because a determination is in force for the care recipient under paragraph 57A-9 (1) (b) of the Act; or

                         (iii)    if paid — is refundable.

[21]         Section 23.81C, note

substitute

Note   Section 57A-2 of the Act sets out basic rules about accommodation charges. In particular, paragraphs 57A-2 (1) (h) and (i) of the Act deal with circumstances when an accommodation charge is not required, will not be charged at more than a specified maximum daily amount or, if paid, is refundable.

[22]         Paragraph 23.81E (1) (b)

substitute

               (b)    the approved provider or care recipient has applied to the Secretary for a determination, under paragraph 57A-9 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act, that the care recipient must not be charged an accommodation charge or must not be charged at more than a specified maximum daily amount, because paying the accommodation charge would cause the care recipient financial hardship.

[23]         Section 23.81G

substitute

23.81G   Purpose of Division (Act, s 57A-2 and 96-1)

                The purpose of this Division is to specify periods for which an approved provider must not:

                (a)    charge the daily accommodation charge; or

               (b)    charge the daily accommodation charge at more than a specified maximum daily amount.

[24]         Section 23.81K

substitute

23.81K   Period of financial hardship

                If a determination under paragraph 57A-9 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act is in force for a care recipient, an approved provider must not, for the period beginning on the date of effect of the determination and ending on the day when the determination ceases to be in force under subsection 57A9 (7) of the Act:

                (a)    charge an accommodation charge; or

               (b)    charge an accommodation charge of more than a specified maximum daily amount.

[25]         Subsection 23.81M (1)

substitute

         (1)   This section applies if an accommodation charge is not paid because the approved provider or care recipient has applied to the Secretary for a determination, under paragraph 57A-9 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act, that:

                (a)    the care recipient must not be charged an accommodation charge; or

               (b)    the care recipient must not be charged an accommodation charge of more than a specified maximum daily amount;

because payment of an accommodation charge would cause the care recipient financial hardship.

[26]         Paragraph 23.81R (a)

substitute

                (a)    matters relevant to the making of a determination by the Secretary that a person must not be charged an accommodation charge or must not be charged an accommodation charge of more than a specified maximum daily amount, because payment of an accommodation charge or payment of an accommodation charge of more than a specified amount would cause the person financial hardship; and

[27]         Subsection 23.81U (1), definition of unrealisable asset

omit

subsections 11 (12), (13) and (14)

insert

subsections 11 (12) and (13)

[28]         Subsection 23.81U (2)

after

accommodation charge

insert

or payment of an accommodation charge of more than a specified maximum daily amount

[29]         Subsections 23.81U (3) and (4)

substitute

         (3)   In making a determination under paragraph 57A-9 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act, the Secretary may consider any of the following matters:

                (a)    the person’s financial arrangements;

               (b)    whether any assets of the person are assets to which he or she does not reasonably have access;

                (c)    if the person has significant assets — whether the assets are unrealisable assets;

               (d)    whether the person has recently gifted any assets;

                (e)    any other matter that the Secretary considers relevant.

[30]         Section 23.81W

omit

section 57A-9

insert

paragraph 57A-9 (1) (a) or (b)

[31]         Paragraph 23.81W (b)

after

accommodation charge

insert

or payment of an accommodation charge of more than a specified maximum daily amount

[32]         Further amendments

Provision

omit each mention of

insert

Paragraph 23.79A (a)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21A (1A) of the Act

Paragraph 23.79A (b)

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Subsection 23.79C (1)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21A (1A) of the Act

Subsection 23.79C (1)

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Subsection 23.79C (2)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21A (1A) of the Act

Subsection 23.79C (2)

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Subsection 23.79C (3)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21A (1A) of the Act

Subsection 23.79C (3)

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Subsection 23.79C (4)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21A (1A) of the Act

Sections 23.79C and 23.79D

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Section 23.79E

An approved provider

An approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21A (1A) of the Act

Section 23.79E

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Paragraph 23.80A (a)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21B (1A) of the Act

Sections 23.80A and 23.80B

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Subsection 23.80C (1)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21B (1A) of the Act

Subsection 23.80C (1)

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Subsection 23.80C (2)

an approved provider

an approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21B (1A) of the Act

Sections 23.80C and 23.80D

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation

Section 23.80E

An approved provider

An approved provider or a corporation mentioned in subsection 57-21B (1A) of the Act

Section 23.80E

the approved provider

the approved provider or the corporation


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