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LIN 20/041 Determinations/Social Security as made
This instrument determines the circumstances in which persons are to be taken to be adversely affected by the New South Wales bushfires.
Administered by: Home Affairs
Registered 06 Feb 2020
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR06-Feb-2020
Tabled Senate10-Feb-2020

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I, David Littleproud, Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, make the following determination under subsection 1061L(2) of the Social Security Act 1991 (the Act).

Dated      22 January                        2020

 

 

 

 

David Littleproud

The Hon. David Littleproud MP

Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management


1          Name

                 This instrument is the Social Security (Australian Government disaster recovery payment—New South Wales bushfires) Determination 2020 (No. 12)

2          Commencement

                 This instrument commences on the day it is signed.

3          Definitions

        (1)     In this instrument:

destroyed means damaged to the extent that:

(a)   for a residence—it must be demolished; or

(b)   for a major asset or assets—it is unusable.

immediate family member, of a person, means:

(a)   the person’s partner; or

(b)   the person’s natural child, adoptive child or step-child; or

(c)   the person’s natural parent, adoptive parent or step-parent; or

(d)   the person’s legal guardian; or

(e)   the person’s brother, sister, step-brother or step-sister.

Note          This term is used in a different sense to that used in the Act.

major asset or assets means:

(a)   an asset, with a market value of at least $20,000, located at the person’s principal place of residence; or

(b)   two or more assets, with a combined market value of at least $20,000, located at the person’s principal place of residence.

Examples  Building, large fixed structure, motor vehicle, caravan, water tank, large scale machinery, heavy equipment.

major damage means:

(a)   for a residence:

             (i)  damage to the interior of the residence; or

            (ii)  that the residence is structurally unsound; or

           (iii)  damage to the residence that exposes the interior of the residence to the elements; or

            iv)  sewage contamination of the interior of the residence or of the water supply to the residence;

(b)   for a major asset or assets other than a water tank—that it is burnt, or damaged by heat, ash or smoke, to the extent that it needs to be replaced; or

(c)   for a water tank—damage to the extent that it needs to be repaired or cleaned, or the water replaced.

seriously injured, for a person, means:

(a)   the person has sustained an injury; and

(b)   because of the injury:

             (i)  the person was admitted to hospital; or

            (ii)  under normal circumstances, the person would have been admitted to hospital.

        (2)     A place of residence is a person’s principal place of residence if:

(a)   the person regularly lives at the place with a degree of settled purpose; and

(b)   the person has a lawful right to reside at the place; and

(c)   the place is not:

             (i)  a prison or a place of detention; or

            (ii)  a secondary residence used for holidays.

Note          It is possible for a person to have more than 1 principal place of residence.

4          Person adversely affected by a major disaster

        (1)     This section applies to the major disaster being bushfires occurring in August, September, October, November and December 2019, and January 2020 in New South Wales affecting the local government areas of Armidale, Blue Mountains, Bega Valley, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Eurobodalla, Kempsey, Kyogle, Glen Innes Severn, Greater Hume, Goulburn Mulwaree, Hawkesbury, Inverell, Lismore, Lithgow, Mid Coast, Mid-Western, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Richmond Valley, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Tenterfield, Upper Lachlan, Walcha, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly.

        (2)     For subsection 1061L(2) of the Act, a person is taken to be adversely affected by the major disaster if any of the following circumstances apply:

(a)   the person is seriously injured as a direct result of the disaster;

(b)   the person is an immediate family member of an Australian who is killed as a direct result of the disaster;

(c)   the person’s principal place of residence has been destroyed or has major damage as a direct result of the disaster;

(d)   a major asset or assets of the person has or have been destroyed or suffered major damage as a direct result of the disaster;

(e)   the person is a principal carer of a child to whom paragraphs (a), (b), (c) or (d) apply.

5          Repeal

                 Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment—New South Wales Bushfires) Determination 2020 (No. 6) is repealed.

6          Savings and transitional

                 Anything done under the Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment—New South Wales Bushfires) Determination 2020 (No. 6) continues to be in effect as if it had been done under this instrument.