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SR 1961 No. 73 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to SLI 2010 No. 11
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Registered 17 Feb 2010
Start Date 17 Feb 2010
End Date 03 Nov 2016
Date of repeal 03 Nov 2016
Repealed by Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulation 2016

Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulations 1961

Statutory Rules 1961 No. 73 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 17 February 2010
taking into account amendments up to SLI 2010 No. 11

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

Part I                     Preliminary                                                                 

                        1     Name of Regulations [see Note 1]                                     4

                        3     Interpretation                                                                   4

                        4     Prescribed authority                                                         6

Part II                    Pensions                                                                     

Division 1                Claims for Pensions                                                       

                        5     Who may claim pension                                                   7

                        6     Application for pension                                                     7

                        7     Investigation of claims                                                      7

                        8     Acceptance of claim subject to condition                           8

Division 2                Rates of Pensions                                                           

                        9     Rates of pension — general                                              8

                      9A     Rate where deceased member had more than 1 wife           9

                      9B     Rate if instalment period straddles indexation day               9

                      9C     Indexation of pension rates                                             10

                      9D     Rounding up of rates ending in 5 cents                             11

                       10     Date from which pension is payable                                 11

                       11     Payment by instalments                                                 11

Division 3                Determination of Pensions                                             

                       12     Cessation of pension payable to dependants of member    12

                       13     Cessation of pension payable to widow                            12

Part III                   Assistance and benefits                                         

                       14     Interpretation                                                                 13

                       15     Medical treatment                                                          13

                       16     Travelling expenses                                                        13

                       17     Decoration allowance                                                     13

                       18     Education and training benefits                                        14

                       19     Application for benefits etc                                              14

Part IV                  Miscellaneous                                                           

                       20     Appointment of trustee etc                                              15

                       21     Review of decisions                                                        16

                       22     Signature to forms                                                          16

Schedule 1             General pension rates                                                 17

Table A                    Pensions payable for a deceased member                       17

Table B                    Pensions payable for a member who is totally incapacitated 17

Schedule 2             Rate of pension in respect of a member who is partially incapacitated   18

Notes                                                                                                          19

 

 


Part I                  Preliminary

  

1              Name of Regulations [see Note 1]

                These Regulations are the Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulations 1961.

3              Interpretation

         (1)   In these Regulations, unless the contrary intention appears:

child means a child under the age of sixteen years of a member, being his son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, adopted child or ex-nuptial child but does not include an ex‑nuptial child born more than nine months after the end of his war service unless he has adopted the child or unless he has married the mother of the child.

deceased member means a member whose death was due to war service.

dependant, in relation to a member, means:

                (a)    a widow of the member; or

               (b)    if the member has died, a child of the member.

indexation day means:

                (a)    for a rate of pension specified in item 2 of Table A — 1 January; or

               (b)    in any other case:

                          (i)    20 March; and

                         (ii)    20 September.

member means a member of the Forces.

partially incapacitated, for a member, means that the member:

                (a)    is suffering from an incapacity of a kind for which the Commonwealth is liable under section 5 of the Act; and

               (b)    is not totally incapacitated.

pensioner means a person to whom a pension or allowance is payable under the Act or these Regulations.

the Act means the Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Act 1957.

totally incapacitated, in relation to a member, means:

                (a)    that the member has been blinded as a result of war service; or

               (b)    that the member:

                          (i)    is totally incapacitated as a result of war service, that is to say, his incapacity from injury or disease that has been accepted as related to his relevant war service is of such a nature as, of itself alone, to render him incapable of undertaking remunerative work for periods aggregating more than 8 hours per week; and

                         (ii)    is, by reason of incapacity from that injury or disease alone, prevented from continuing to undertake remunerative work that he was undertaking and is, by reason thereof, suffering a loss of salary or wages, or of earnings on his own account, that he would not be suffering if he were free of that incapacity.

wife means a wife whether by custom or otherwise and includes wives of a polygamous union where those unions are in accordance with recognized custom and where the marriage was contracted before or during the period of service of the member or within fifteen years after his discharge from the Forces.

         (2)   For the purposes of the definition of totally incapacitated in subregulation (1), a member who is incapacitated from injury or disease that has been accepted as related to his relevant war service shall not be taken to be suffering a loss of salary or wages, or of earnings on his own account, by reason of that incapacity if:

                (a)    he has ceased to engage in remunerative work for reasons other than his incapacity from that injury or disease; or

               (b)    he is incapacitated, or prevented, from engaging in remunerative work for some other reason.

4              Prescribed authority

                For the purposes of paragraph 9 (4) (a) of the Act and for the purposes of these Regulations, the Repatriation Commission is the prescribed authority.


 

Part II                 Pensions

Division 1              Claims for Pensions

5              Who may claim pension

                A claim for a pension may be made:

                (a)    by a member, in respect of his own incapacity;

               (b)    by a dependant of a member, in respect of the death of the member; or

                (c)    by a person authorized by the member or the dependant in that behalf.

6              Application for pension

         (1)   A person who claims a pension shall lodge with the prescribed authority a claim in the form approved by the prescribed authority.

         (2)   An application for a pension made in writing otherwise than in accordance with the form approved by the prescribed authority may, if the prescribed authority so determines, be accepted as a claim for the purposes of these Regulations if the claimant subsequently lodges a claim in accordance with the approved form.

7              Investigation of claims

         (1)   Upon receipt of a claim for a pension, the prescribed authority shall investigate the claim and shall ascertain from the claimant, the dependant or any other person, such information as may be necessary to enable it to determine, and shall thereupon determine:

                (a)    whether the incapacity or death of a member, in respect of which the pension is claimed:

                          (i)    has resulted from any occurrence that happened during the period of his service in the Defence Forces during the war; or

                         (ii)    has arisen out of or is attributable to that service;

               (b)    whether a person who has claimed to be a dependant is a dependant, and the nature and extent of the dependancy; and

                (c)    subject to these Regulations, the rate of pension payable to the claimant.

         (2)   When a determination has been made under the last preceding subregulation, the prescribed authority shall thereupon inform the claimant that his claim for pension:

                (a)    has been allowed;

               (b)    has been rejected; or

                (c)    has been allowed subject to a condition or conditions;

as the case may be.

8              Acceptance of claim subject to condition

                Where a claim has been allowed subject to a condition or conditions, the prescribed authority shall inform the claimant of the nature of that condition or those conditions.

Division 2              Rates of Pensions

9              Rates of pension — general

         (1)   For subsection 5 (1) of the Act, the fortnightly rate of a pension payable to a person is as follows:

                (a)    if a pension is payable for a deceased member — the rate specified for the person in Table A of Schedule 1 (indexed in accordance with this Part);

               (b)    if a pension is payable for a member who is totally incapacitated — the rate specified in Table B of Schedule 1 (indexed in accordance with this Part) (the total incapacity rate);

                (c)    if a pension is payable for a member who is partially incapacitated:

                          (i)    for a kind of incapacity mentioned in Schedule 2 — the percentage of the total incapacity rate mentioned in Schedule 2 for the kind of incapacity; or

                         (ii)    for another kind of incapacity — the percentage of the total incapacity rate determined by the Minister under subregulation (2).

         (2)   The Minister may determine a percentage for subparagraph (1) (c) (ii), having regard to:

                (a)    the nature of the member’s incapacity; and

               (b)    the duration of the member’s incapacity; and

                (c)    the percentages of the total incapacity rate for the kinds of partial incapacity mentioned in Schedule 2.

9A           Rate where deceased member had more than 1 wife

         (1)   This regulation applies if, by recognised custom, a deceased member had, at the time of his death, more than 1 wife.

         (2)   Each of the wives is taken to be a widow of the member.

         (3)   The rate of pension payable for each of the widows for a fortnight is the rate specified for a widow in Table A of Schedule 1 (indexed in accordance with this Part), divided by the number of eligible widows for the fortnight, rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.10.

         (4)   For subregulation (3), the number of eligible widows for a fortnight is the number of wives covered by subregulation (1), less the number of widows (if any) to whom a pension has ceased to be payable under subregulation 13 (1).

9B           Rate if instalment period straddles indexation day

         (1)   This regulation applies if a pension is payable for a person for a period (the instalment period) beginning before an indexation day and ending on or after the indexation day.

         (2)   The rate of pension payable to the person for the instalment period is:

rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.10, where:

old rate is the rate of pension payable to the person immediately before the indexation day.

daysbefore means the number of days in the instalment period before the indexation day.

daysperiod means the number of days in the instalment period.

new rate is the rate of pension payable to the person on and after the indexation day.

daysafter means the number of days in the instalment period on and after the indexation day.

9C           Indexation of pension rates

         (1)   The rates of pension mentioned in Tables A and B of Schedule 1 are indexed on each indexation day for the rate.

         (2)   This Part has effect on and after an indexation day as if the indexed rate were substituted for the rate in effect on the day before the indexation day.

         (3)   For a rate other than the rate specified in item 2 of Table A, the indexed rate is:

old rate × pension MBR factor

rounded up to the next multiple of $0.10, where:

old rate is the rate of pension in effect on the day before the indexation day.

pension MBR factor is the pension MBR factor worked out under subsection 59LA (1) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

         (4)   For the rate specified in item 2 of Table A, the indexed rate is:

old rate × orphan pension factor

rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.10, where:

old rate is the rate of pension in effect on the day before the indexation day.

orphan pension factor is the factor worked out under subregulations (5) and (6).

         (5)   Orphan pension factor is worked out using the following formula:

rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.10, where:

current orphan pension rate is the rate of pension under paragraph 30 (2) (a) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 applicable on the indexation day.

previous orphan pension rate is the rate of pension under paragraph 30 (2) (a) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 applicable on the day before the indexation day.

         (6)   Orphan pension factor is worked out to 3 decimal places but, if the factor would, if it were worked out to 4 decimal places, end in a number that is greater than 4, the factor is to be increased by 0.001.

9D           Rounding up of rates ending in 5 cents

                If, before the rounding required by regulation 9A, 9B or 9C (other than subregulation 9C (3)), an indexed rate under any of those regulations would be a multiple of $0.05 but not $0.10, the indexed rate must be rounded up to the nearest multiple of $0.10.

10            Date from which pension is payable

                The prescribed authority may approve of payment of a pension from a date not more than three months before the date of lodgment of the claim for pension.

11            Payment by instalments

                Pensions are payable in such instalments as the prescribed authority determines, and may be paid in advance.

Division 3              Determination of Pensions

12            Cessation of pension payable to dependants of member

         (1)   A pension payable to a person (other than a widow of a member) who is a dependant of a member and who, at the date of commencement of payment of the pension, is under the age of sixteen years, shall cease upon that person attaining the age of sixteen years.

         (2)   A pension payable to a person who is a dependant of a member, not being a person who was a dependant of a deceased member, and who at the date of commencement of payment of the pension is of the age of sixteen years or over shall cease when that person, in the opinion of the prescribed authority, ceases to be a dependant.

         (3)   A pension payable to a person who was a dependant of a deceased member shall cease when the prescribed authority is satisfied that that person would, if the deceased member were still alive, have ceased to be a dependant.

13            Cessation of pension payable to widow

         (1)   Subject to the next succeeding subregulation, a pension payable to a widow of a member shall cease upon her re‑marriage.

         (2)   Where the prescribed authority determines that a widow of a deceased member who re-marries should not, by reason of that re-marriage, having regard to recognized custom and the circumstances of the particular case, be deemed to have ceased to be a dependant of that member, the prescribed authority may determine that the pension payable to that widow shall not cease, and payment of that pension shall be continued.


 

Part III                 Assistance and benefits

  

14            Interpretation

                For the purposes of this Part:

attendant means a person who has been authorized by the prescribed authority to accompany a member who is travelling for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment;

decoration includes a medal and a bar to any decoration or medal; and

medical treatment means medicinal, surgical and all other forms of treatment with a view to restoring a person to physical or mental health or alleviating suffering, and includes the supply, renewal and repair of artificial replacements, surgical aids and appliances.

15            Medical treatment

                The prescribed authority may provide medical treatment for a member in respect of an incapacity due to war service.

16            Travelling expenses

                Where it is necessary for a member, who is eligible for medical treatment under this Part, to travel in order to obtain that medical treatment, the prescribed authority may grant the fares and travelling allowances for the forward and return journeys incurred by the member and, if it is necessary for the member to be accompanied by an attendant, the prescribed authority may grant the fares and travelling allowances for the forward and return journeys incurred by the attendant.

17            Decoration allowance

                A member who was awarded a decoration in respect of his service during the war shall be entitled to payment of a gratuity, annuity, allowance or addition to pension, as the case may be, at the like rate and in accordance with the like conditions as are prescribed from time to time by or under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in respect of a person to whom that Act applies.

18            Education and training benefits

                A person, whether or not under the age of sixteen years, who is a child of:

                (a)    a deceased member;

               (b)    a totally and permanently incapacitated member; or

                (c)    a blind member;

is eligible for the grant of educational and training facilities.

19            Application for benefits etc

                An application for benefit, advantage or assistance shall be made to the prescribed authority, in such form as the prescribed authority determines.


 

Part IV                Miscellaneous

  

20            Appointment of trustee etc

         (1)   Where the prescribed authority is satisfied that, having regard to the age, infirmity, ill-health or improvidence of a pensioner, it is expedient that payment of a pension, allowance or monetary benefit payable to the pensioner should be made to another person on behalf of, or as trustee of, the pensioner, or where a pensioner consents to payment of a pension or allowance payable to him being so made, the prescribed authority may, by instrument in writing:

                (a)    authorize payment of the pension or allowance to be made to another person on behalf of the pensioner; or

               (b)    appoint a person to be the trustee, or itself assume the office of trustee, of the pensioner in respect of the pension or allowance.

         (2)   Where the prescribed authority has appointed a person to be the trustee, or has itself assumed the office of trustee, of a pensioner in respect of a pension or allowance, the pension or allowance:

                (a)    may be paid to the person so appointed, or the prescribed authority, as the case may be; and

               (b)    may, subject to the directions of the prescribed authority, be disbursed or accumulated by the person so appointed, or may be disbursed or accumulated by the prescribed authority, as the case may be, for the benefit of the pensioner, a dependant of the member or of a person who is or has been dependent on, the pensioner.

         (3)   The prescribed authority may at any time, by instrument in writing, revoke an authorization or appointment, or an assumption of the office of trustee, under this regulation.

21            Review of decisions

                A person may apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the following decisions by the prescribed authority or Minister:

                (a)    a decision under subregulation 7 (2) that a person’s claim has been rejected or allowed subject to a condition;

               (b)    a determination under subregulation 9 (2) of the percentage of the total incapacity rate payable to a member who is partially incapacitated;

                (c)    a decision under regulation 12 or 13 that a pension is no longer payable to a person;

               (d)    a decision under regulation 16 that travelling expenses, or travelling expenses of a particular amount or kind, not be provided to a member or an attendant;

                (e)    a decision under regulation 17 that a member is not entitled to a gratuity, annuity, allowance or addition to a pension;

                (f)    a decision under regulation 17 about the amount or rate of a gratuity, annuity, allowance or addition to a pension payable under that regulation;

                (g)    a decision under regulation 18 that a person is not eligible for the grant of educational and training facilities.

Note   A person who makes a reviewable decision must give a person affected by the reviewable decision notice of the person’s review rights — see section 27A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975.

22            Signature to forms

         (1)   Every form which, under these Regulations, is required to be signed by any person shall be signed by that person with his personal signature.

         (2)   Where a person who is unable to sign his name in writing makes a mark as his signature to a form, the mark shall be deemed to be his personal signature, if it is identifiable as such, and is made in the presence of a witness who signs the form as such a witness.


Schedule 1        General pension rates

(subregulations 9 (1) and 9A (3))

Table A       Pensions payable for a deceased member

Item

Class of persons eligible for pension

Rate of pension payable per fortnight ($)

1

Widow of member

340.10

2

Dependant of member under 16 years of age

67.50

3

Any other dependant of member

4.80

Table B       Pensions payable for a member who is totally incapacitated

Item

Class of persons eligible for pension

Rate of pension payable per fortnight ($)

1

Member

572.20

Schedule 2        Rate of pension in respect of a member who is partially incapacitated

(regulation 9 (b))

  

 

Description of Disability

Percentage

 

%

Loss of two or more limbs

100

Loss of both eyes

100

Loss of one eye, together with loss of one leg, foot, hand or arm  

100

Loss of both arms

100

Loss of both legs

100

Loss of both feet

100

Loss of both hands

100

Loss of hand and foot

100

Loss of all fingers and thumbs

100

Amputation of leg at hip, or arm at shoulder joint

80

Severe facial disfigurement

80

Total loss of speech

80

Loss of leg or foot

75

Loss of arm or hand

75

Total deafness

70

Loss of vision in one eye

50

 


Notes to the Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulations 1961

Note 1

The Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulations 1961 (in force under the Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Act 1957) as shown in this compilation comprise Statutory Rules 1961 No. 73 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Year and
number

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

1961 No. 73

25 May 1961

25 May 1961

 

1964 No. 112

28 Aug 1964

28 Aug 1964

R. 6

1970 No. 62

1 May 1970

1 May 1970

Rr. 2 (2) to (4)
and 7

1975 No. 98

30 May 1975

30 May 1975

R. 3 (2) to (6)

1976 No. 209

28 Sept 1976

28 Sept 1976

R. 3

1977 No. 166

29 Sept 1977

29 Sept 1977

R. 2

1978 No. 56

28 Apr 1978

28 Apr 1978

R. 2

1980 No. 325

31 Oct 1980

31 Oct 1980

R. 2

1983 No. 250

31 Oct 1983

31 Oct 1983

R. 5

1985 No. 273

18 Oct 1985

18 Oct 1985

1986 No. 99

22 May 1986

22 May 1986

1986 No. 316

30 Oct 1986

31 Oct 1986

2010 No. 11

16 Feb 2010 (see F2010L00294)

17 Feb 2010

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part I

 

R. 1.........................................

rs. 1975 No. 98; 2010 No. 11

R. 2.........................................

rep. 1986 No. 316

R. 3.........................................

am. 1970 No. 62; 1975 No. 98;1985 No. 273; 1986 No. 99; 2010 No. 11

R. 4.........................................

rs. 1970 No. 62; 1975 No. 98

 

am. 1986 No. 99

Part II

 

Division 1

 

R. 5.........................................

am. 1985 No. 273

Division 2

 

R. 9.........................................

am. 1964 No. 112; 1970 No. 62; 1975 No. 98; 1983 No. 250; 1985 No. 273

 

rs. 2010 No. 11

R.9A........................................

ad. 1983 No. 250

 

am. 1986 No. 316

 

rs. 2010 No. 11

R. 9B......................................

ad. 2010 No. 11

R. 9C......................................

ad. 2010 No. 11

R. 9D......................................

ad. 2010 No. 11

Division 3

 

R. 12.......................................

am. 1985 No. 273

R. 13.......................................

am. 1975 No. 98

Part III

 

R. 17.......................................

am. 1986 No. 99

R. 17A....................................

ad. 1964 No. 112

 

am. 1970 No. 62

 

rep. 1976 No. 209

Part IV

 

R. 21.......................................

am. 1970 No. 62

 

rep. 1975 No. 98

 

ad. 2010 No. 11

R. 22.......................................

am. 1964 No. 112

First Schedule......................

am. 1964 No. 112

 

rs. 1970 No. 62; 1976 No. 209

 

am. 1977 No. 166; 1978 No. 56; 1980 No. 325

 

rep. 1983 No. 250

Schedule 1

 

Schedule 1............................

ad. 1983 No. 250

 

am. 1985 No. 273; 1986 No. 316

 

rs. 2010 No. 11

Heading to Second.............
Schedule

rep. 1983 No. 250

Schedule 2

 

Heading to Schedule 2.......

ad. 1983 No. 250