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Determinations/Social Security as amended, taking into account amendments up to Social Security (Streamlined Participation Requirements Transitional Arrangements) Instrument 2022
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Registered 03 Jun 2022
Start Date 08 Apr 2022
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Social Security (Administration) (Non‑Compliance) Determination 2018 (No. 1)

made under subsection 42AR(1) of the

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              8 April 2022

Includes amendments up to:            F2022L00536

About this compilation

 

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Social Security (Administration) (Non-Compliance) Determination 2018 (No. 1) that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 8 April 2022 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

 

 

  

  

  


Contents

1  Name........................................................................................................................................ 1

3  Authority.................................................................................................................................. 1

4  Definitions................................................................................................................................ 1

5  Circumstances where a person has, and has not, persistently committed mutual obligation failures    3

6  Circumstances where a person’s participation payment is to be reduced (and by how much) or cancelled         5

Endnotes                                                                                                                        6

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              6

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                 7

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                              8

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                             9

 

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Social Security (Administration) (Non-Compliance) Determination 2018 (No. 1).

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under subsection 42AR(1) of the Act.

4  Definitions

Note:          Some expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act or the 1991 Act, including the following:

(a)      participation payment;

(b)      post-cancellation non-payment period;

(c)      Human Services Department;

(d)      Employment Department; and

(e)    employment pathway plan.

                   In this instrument:

1991 Act means the Social Security Act 1991.

3 active months means:

             (1)  the shorter of:

                     (a)  91 consecutive days (beginning on or after 1 July 2018) plus any days equal to the number of days a person spends in the following periods during those 91 days:

                              (i)  time spent exempt or relieved from activity test requirements under Division 3A of Part 2.10, Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part 2.11, Subdivision BA of Division 1 of Part 2.12, sections 602B, 602C, 603, 603A, 603AAA, 603AB, 731DA, 731DB, 731E, 731F, 731GA, 731JA, 731K of the 1991 Act;

                            (ia)  periods during which the person is not required to satisfy the employment pathway plan requirements under section 40L, 40M, 40N, 40P or 40Q of the Act;

                             (ii)  one week for each instance that the Secretary has determined that an instalment of the person’s participation payment be reduced by an amount specified in paragraph 42AN(3)(a) of the Act;

                            (iii)  two weeks for each instance the Secretary has determined that an instalment of the person’s participation payment be reduced by an amount specified in paragraph 42AN(3)(b) of the Act;

                            (iv)  a post-cancellation non-payment period under 42AP(5);

                             (v)  the time between:

                                          i.,  a person’s referral to the Human Services Department for a DHS assessment; and

                                          ii.  the completion of that assessment; and

                     (b)  twelve months.

             (2)  For the purposes of this definition, if any two or more of the periods listed in paragraph 1(a) overlap, the days that overlap will only count once when calculating the days equal to the number of days the person spends in those periods.   

6 active months means:

             (1)  the shorter of:

                     (a)  182 consecutive days (beginning on or after 1 July 2018) plus any days equal to the number of days a person spends in the following periods during those 182 days:

                              (i)  time spent exempt or relieved from activity test requirements under Division 3A of Part 2.10, Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part 2.11, Subdivision BA of Division 1 of Part 2.12, sections 602B, 602C, 603, 603A, 603AAA, 603AB, 731DA, 731DB, 731E, 731F, 731GA, 731JA, 731K of the 1991 Act;

                            (ia)  periods during which the person is not required to satisfy the employment pathway plan requirements under section 40L, 40M, 40N, 40P or 40Q of the Act;

                             (ii)  one week for each instance that the Secretary has determined that an instalment of the person’s participation payment be reduced by an amount specified in paragraph 42AN(3)(a) of the Act;

                            (iii)  two weeks for each instance the Secretary has determined that an instalment of the person’s participation payment be reduced by an amount specified in paragraph 42AN(3)(b) of the Act;

                            (iv)  a post-cancellation non-payment period under 42AP(5);

                             (v)  the time between:

                                           i.  a person’s referral to the Human Services Department for a DHS assessment; and

                                          ii.  the completion of that assessment; and

                     (b)  twelve months.

             (2)  For the purposes of this definition, if any two or more of the periods listed in paragraph 1(a) overlap, the days that overlap will only count once when calculating the days equal to the number of days the person spends in those periods.

Act means the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

demerit means a record on the Employment Department’s Information Technology System that the person has committed a mutual obligation failure without a valid reason.

DHS assessment means an assessment by the Human Services Department to assess whether the person’s employment pathway plan is suitable for them.

mutual obligation failure means a mutual obligation failure under subsection 42AC of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

relevant failure means the relevant failure described in subsection 42AF(1) of the Act.

5  Circumstances where a person has, and has not, persistently committed mutual obligation failures

Circumstances where a person has persistently committed mutual obligation failures

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 42AF(2)(a) of the Act, the Secretary must be satisfied that a person has persistently committed mutual obligation failures if:

                     (a)  the relevant failure was committed within 3 active months beginning on a day worked out under subsections (2) or (3); or

                     (b)  in the 3 active months prior to the relevant failure, the person has committed at least 1 mutual obligation failure without a reasonable excuse where the Secretary was satisfied that the person had persistently committed mutual obligation failures.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), and subject to subsection (3), if, in any 6 active months:

                     (a)  a person commits:

                                   (i)          at least 5 mutual obligation failures to which a demerit is attached; or

                                   (ii) 2, 3 or 4 mutual obligation failures to which a demerit is attached, where at least 1 of those mutual obligation failures was:

                                        (A)  failing to attend a job interview; or

                                        (B)  failing to act on a job opportunity when requested to do so by an employment services provider; or

                                        (C)  the person intentionally acting in a manner and it is reasonably foreseeable that acting in that manner could result in an offer of employment not being made to the person; and

                     (b)  the person undergoes a DHS assessment;

then the day is the day on which the DHS assessment is complete.         

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (1), and despite subsection (2), if, in any 6 active months, the circumstances set out in either:

                     (a)  subparagraph 5(2)(a)(i) and subsection 5(2)(b); or

                     (b)  subparagraph 5(2)(a)(ii) and subsection 5(2)(b);

apply to a person, but one or more of the person’s demerits is reversed after the person undergoes the DHS assessment, and the person subsequently commits one or more mutual obligation failures to which a demerit is attached that is not subsequently reversed, then the day is the day upon which the person commits:

                     (c)  the fifth mutual obligation failure in 6 active months to which a demerit is attached that is not subsequently reversed; or

                     (d)  the second, third or fourth mutual obligation failure in 6 active months to which a demerit is attached that is not subsequently reversed, where at least 1 of the mutual obligation failures recorded in the Employment Department’s Information Technology System is of the kind described in subparagraphs 5(2)(a)(ii)(A), (B) or (C).

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, a demerit is reversed if it is removed from the Employment Department’s Information Technology System, including because:

                     (a)  it was recorded in respect of a mutual obligation failure by a person who subsequently underwent a DHS assessment, and the outcome of the DHS assessment was that the person’s employment pathway plan was not suitable for the person;

                     (b)  it was recorded in respect of a mutual obligation failure by a person who subsequently underwent a capability assessment with their employment services provider, and the outcome of that assessment was that the person’s employment pathway plan was not suitable for the person;

                     (c)  it was recorded in respect of a mutual obligation failure by a person and the person was subsequently found to have had a valid reason for committing the failure; or

                     (d)  it was recorded in error.

 

Note:          If the outcome of the DHS assessment is that the person’s employment pathway plan is not suitable for the person, then all the person’s demerits will be removed from the Employment Department’s Information Technology System at that time. 

Circumstances where a person has not persistently committed mutual obligation failures

             (5)  Despite subsections (1) to (3), for the purposes of paragraph 42AF(2)(a) of the Act, the Secretary must not be satisfied that a person has persistently committed mutual obligation failures if the person has not committed a mutual obligation failure to which a demerit is attached, or a mutual obligation failure without a reasonable excuse, in the 3 active months prior to the relevant failure.

             (6)  For the avoidance of doubt, despite subsections (1) to (3), for the purposes of paragraph 42AF(2)(a) of the Act, the Secretary must not be satisfied that a person has persistently committed mutual obligation failures if one or more of the person’s demerits referred to in subparagraphs 5(2)(a)(i) or (ii) is reversed, with the result that:

                     (a)  the person has not committed at least 5 mutual obligation failures to which a demerit is attached, for the purposes of subparagraph 5(2)(a)(i); or

                     (b)  the person has not committed 2, 3, or 4 mutual obligation failures to which a demerit is attached (at least one of which was a mutual obligation failure described in subparagraphs 5(2)(a)(ii)(A), (B) or (C)), for the purposes of subparagraph 5(2)(a)(ii).

Circumstances where a person’s participation payment is to be reduced (and by how much) or cancelled

Reduction of payment by half the instalment

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  the Secretary determines under paragraph 42AF(2)(c) of the Act that an instalment of a person’s participation payment for an instalment period is to be reduced; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the circumstances set out in paragraph 5(1)(a) or (b) of this instrument apply to the person;

then, for the purposes of subsection 42AN(4) of the Act, the Secretary must determine that paragraph 42AN(3)(a) of the Act applies in relation to the reduction.

Reduction of payment by the whole instalment

             (2)  Despite subsection (1), if:

                     (a)  the Secretary determines under paragraph 42AF(2)(c) of the Act that an instalment of the person’s participation payment for an instalment period (the relevant instalment period) is to be reduced; and

                     (b)  in the 3 active months prior to the relevant failure:

                              (i)  the Secretary has previously determined under paragraph 42AF(2)(c) of the Act that an instalment of the person’s participation payment for an instalment period (whether for the relevant instalment period or another instalment period) is to be reduced by the amount specified in paragraph 42AN(3)(a) of the Act; and

                             (ii)  that previous determination was the last determination made under paragraph 42AF(2)(c) of the Act in relation to the person before the determination referred to in paragraph (a);

then, for the purposes of subsection 42AN(4) of the Act, the Secretary must determine that paragraph 42AN(3)(b) of the Act applies in relation to the reduction referred to in paragraph (a).

First relevant failure after cancellation – reduction of payment by half the instalment

             (4)  Despite subsection (2), if:

                     (a)  the person previously received a participation payment; and

                     (b)  that payment was cancelled under paragraph 42AF(2)(d) of the Act; and

                     (c)  the relevant failure is the first mutual obligation failure where the person does not have a reasonable excuse in the 3 active months since that cancellation;

then, for the purposes of subsection 42AN(4) of the Act, the Secretary must determine that paragraph 42AN(3)(a) of the Act applies in relation to the reduction referred to in paragraph (2)(a) of this instrument.

 


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history. 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

o = order(s)

ad = added or inserted

Ord = Ordinance

am = amended

orig = original

amdt = amendment

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

c = clause(s)

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

pres = present

Ch = Chapter(s)

prev = previous

def = definition(s)

(prev…) = previously

Dict = Dictionary

Pt = Part(s)

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Div = Division(s)

 

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

reloc = relocated

    effect

renum = renumbered

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rep = repealed

gaz = gazette

rs = repealed and substituted

LA = Legislation Act 2003

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

    effect

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

    cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

mod = modified/modification

SubPt = Subpart(s)

No. = Number(s)

underlining = whole or part not

 

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Social Security (Administration) (Non‑Compliance) Determination 2018 (No. 1)

19 June 2018

(F2018L00795)

1 July 2018 (s 2(1) item 1)

Social Security (Streamlined Participation Requirements Transitional Arrangements) Instrument 2022

5 April 2022

(F2022L00536)

8 April 2022 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

s 2…………………………………

rep LA s 48D

s 4…………………………………

am F2022L00536

s 6…………………………………

am F2022L00536