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This instrument declares the 15 March 2019 attacks in Christchurch as a 'declared overseas terrorist act' for the purposes of the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment Scheme.
Administered by: Home Affairs
Registered 18 Nov 2019
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR25-Nov-2019
Tabled Senate25-Nov-2019

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Social Security (Declared Overseas Terrorist Act—Christchurch 2019) Declaration 2019

I, SCOTT JOHN MORRISON, Prime Minister, make the following declaration.

Dated      11 October                            2019


Prime Minister

1  Name

                   This instrument is the Social Security (Declared Overseas Terrorist Act—Christchurch 2019) Declaration 2019.   

2  Commencement

                   This instrument commences on the day after registration.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under subsection 35B(1) of the Act.

4  Definitions

             (1)  In this instrument:

Act means the Social Security Act 1991.

terrorist act has the meaning given by subsection 100.1(1) of the Criminal Code.

             (2)  Dates and times in this instrument are expressed in terms of New Zealand Daylight Time.

5  Declared overseas terrorist act

                For the purposes of subsection 35B(1) of the Act, the following terrorist act is a declared overseas terrorist act:

                     (a)  the mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019, which occurred at:

                              (i)  al-Noor Mosque at approximately 1.40pm local time; and

                             (ii)  Linwood Islamic Centre at approximately 1.55pm local time.