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LIN 19/299 Determinations/Social Security as made
This instrument provides for the payment of the Australian Government Disaster Relief Payment for bushfires occurring in New South Wales in August, September, October and November 2019.
Administered by: Home Affairs
Registered 19 Nov 2019
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR25-Nov-2019
Tabled Senate25-Nov-2019
Date of repeal 20 Nov 2019
Repealed by Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment—New South Wales Bushfires) Determination 2019 (No. 12)

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Issued by authority of the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management

Social Security Act 1991

Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment—New South Wales Bushfires) Determination 2019 (No.11)

1.      The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (the AGDRP) provides an immediate, one-off payment to Australians adversely affected by a major disaster.

2.      Section 1061K of the Social Security Act 1991 (the Act) specifies the qualification criteria for the AGDRP. One of the qualification criteria requires a person to be “adversely affected by a major disaster”.

3.      Subsection 1061L(1) of the Act provides that, for the purposes of the Act, a person is adversely affected by a major disaster if the person is affected by the disaster in a way determined by the Minister in relation to the disaster.

4.      Subsection 1061L(2) of the Act provides that the Minister may determine in writing, in relation to a major disaster, the circumstances in which persons are to be taken to be adversely affected by the disaster.

  1. Section 36 of the Act empowers the Minister to determine in writing that an event is a ‘major disaster’ if the Minister is satisfied that an event is a disaster that has such a significant impact on individuals that a government response is required.
  2. The Minister has made a determination under section 36 of the Act that applies only to the bushfires that occurred in August, September, October and November 2019 in New South Wales, affecting the local government areas of Armidale, Clarence Valley, Cessnock, Glen Innes Severn, Hawkesbury, Lismore, Kempsey, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield and Walcha.

7.      The Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment—New South Wales Bushfires) Determination 2019 (No. 11) (the Determination) gives effect to the disaster referred to above and sets out the circumstances in which a person is to be ‘adversely affected’ by the major disaster.

8.      Subsection 1(1) of the Determination specifies the name of the determination. Subsection 1(2) provides that the Determination may also be cited as LIN 19/299. This is an internal reference for the Department of Home Affairs.

9.      Section 2 of the Determination provides that the Social Security (LIN 10/250: Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment – New South Wales Bushfires) Determination 2019 (No. 9) (signed by the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management on 10 November 2019) is revoked.

10.  Section 3 of the Determination provides that it commences on the day it is signed. For the purposes of section 12 of the Legislation Act 2003, the Determination may commence before it is registered as it will not disadvantage any persons adversely affected by the disaster.

11.  Section 4 of the Determination contains definitions relevant to the determination.

  1. Subsection 5(1) of the Determination provides that the Determination applies to the major disaster being the bushfires occurring in August, September, October and November 2019 in New South Wales, affecting the local government areas of Armidale, Clarence Valley, Cessnock, Glen Innes Severn, Hawkesbury, Lismore, Kempsey, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield and Walcha.

 

13.  Subsection 5(2) of the Determination provides that the four circumstances in which a person will be taken to be adversely affected by the major disaster described in subsection 5(1) are where:

    1. the person is seriously injured as a direct result of the disaster (paragraph 5(2)(a)); or
    2. the person is an immediate family member of an Australian who is killed as a direct result of the disaster (paragraph 5(2)(b)); or
    3. the person’s principal place of residence has been destroyed or has major damage as a direct result of the disaster (paragraph 5(2)(c)); or
    4. the person is a principal carer of a child to whom paragraphs 5(2)(a), (b) or (c) apply (paragraph 5(2)(d)). 

14.  The terms ‘Act’, ‘destroyed’, ‘immediate family member’, ‘major damage’ and ‘seriously injured’ are defined in section 4 of Determination.

  1. Subsection 1061L(3) of the Act provides that a determination under section 1061L is a legislative instrument. However, this instrument is not subject to disallowance by the Parliament as subsection 1061L(3) of the Act provides that section 42 of the Legislation Act 2003 does not apply to the Determination.
  2. Formal consultation has not been undertaken as Determination was required as a matter of urgency.