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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

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2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

 

 

( 1 )     Schedule  15 , item  1 , page 208 (line 3) , after section  42AP , insert:

42APA   Secretary may require person to comply with additional requirements

             (1)  The Secretary may require a person to comply with a requirement during a period in respect of which:

                     (a)  the person’s participation payment is to be cancelled; or

                     (b)  instalments of the person’s participation payment are to be reduced.

             (2)  Despite any other provision of this Subdivision, if the person complies with the requirement at any time during the period:

                     (a)  the person’s participation payment is not cancelled during that period; and

                     (b)  an instalment of the person’s participation payment is not reduced during that period.

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules specifying the requirements, or the kinds of requirements, that the Secretary may make if:

                     (a)  a person’s participation payment is cancelled; or

                     (b)  instalments of a person’s participation payment are reduced by 50%; or

                     (c)  instalments of a person’s participation payment are reduced by 100%.

             (4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), the rules may specify different requirements, or different kinds of requirements, in respect of each of the circumstances mentioned in paragraphs (3)(a), (b) and (c).

42APB   Cap on periods during which payments may be cancelled or instalments reduced

                   A person’s participation payment must not be cancelled and instalments of the person’s participation payment must not be reduced in any continuous 6 month period if, for at least 7 weeks of that period, the person’s participation payment has been cancelled or instalments of that payment have been reduced.

[additional requirements; cap]