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Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2003
Schedule 3 Personal Support Programme

Part 1 Amendment of the Social Security Act 1991

Social Security Act 1991

1  Subsection 23(1) (definition of CSP )

Omit “Employment Department”, substitute “Department”.

2  Subsection 23(1)

Insert:

PSP means the program known as the Personal Support Programme administered by the Department.

3  After subsection 541(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  A person also satisfies the activity test in respect of the period if, throughout the period, the person participates in the CSP.

4  Subparagraph 541(2)(c)(v)

Repeal the subparagraph.

5  After paragraph 541(2)(c)

Insert:

                    (ca)  participate in the PSP;

6  Paragraph 544B(1)(ia)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                    (ia)  participation in the PSP;

7  Subparagraph 549A(5)(a)(ia)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (ia)  participation in the PSP; or

8  Subparagraph 553B(2)(a)(ia)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (ia)  participation in the PSP; or

9  After subparagraph 553C(4)(a)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  participation in the PSP; or

Note:       The heading to subsection 553C(4) is altered by inserting “, the PSP ” after “ labour market ”.

10  Paragraphs 598(8)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  is undertaking:

                              (i)  formal vocational training in a labour market program approved by the Employment Secretary; or

                             (ii)  a rehabilitation program approved by the Employment Secretary; or

                     (b)  is participating in the CSP or the PSP;

and the person has been exempted from the application of that subsection by the Secretary.

11  Subparagraph 601(2)(a)(iv)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (iv)  should participate in the PSP; and

12  After subsection 601(6)

Insert:

          (6A)  A person also satisfies the activity test in respect of the period if, throughout the period, the person participates in the CSP.

13  Paragraph 606(1)(fb)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                    (fb)  participation in the PSP;

14  Paragraphs 620(2)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  is undertaking:

                              (i)  formal vocational training in a labour market program approved by the Employment Secretary; or

                             (ii)  a rehabilitation program approved by the Employment Secretary; or

                     (b)  is participating in the CSP or the PSP;

and the person has been exempted from the application of that subsection by the Secretary.

15  Subparagraph 624(2)(a)(ia)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (ia)  participation in the CSP; or

16  At the end of section 624

Add:

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  an activity test penalty period applies to a person under subsection (1) (or would apply to the person apart from this subsection); and

                     (b)  the person starts to participate in the PSP;

the activity test penalty period stops applying to the person from and including the day on which the person starts to participate in the PSP (whether or not the person completes the program).

17  Subparagraph 625(2)(a)(ia)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (ia)  participation in the CSP; or

18  At the end of section 625

Add:

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  an activity test penalty period applies to a person under subsection (1) (or would apply to the person apart from this subsection); and

                     (b)  the person starts to participate in the PSP;

the activity test penalty period stops applying to the person from and including the day on which the person starts to participate in the PSP (whether or not the person completes the program).

19  Subparagraph 626(2)(a)(ia)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (ia)  participation in the CSP; or

20  At the end of section 626

Add:

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  an activity test penalty period applies to a person under subsection (1) (or would apply to the person apart from this subsection); and

                     (b)  the person starts to participate in the PSP;

the activity test penalty period stops applying to the person from and including the day on which the person starts to participate in the PSP (whether or not the person completes the program).

21  After subparagraph 633(4)(a)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  participation in the PSP; or

22  Paragraphs 634(2)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  is undertaking:

                              (i)  formal vocational training in a labour market program approved by the Employment Secretary; or

                             (ii)  a rehabilitation program approved by the Employment Secretary; or

                     (b)  is participating in the CSP or the PSP;

and the person has been exempted from the application of that subsection by the Secretary.



 

Part 2 Amendment of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

23  Paragraph 63(4)(e)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (e)  if the person is receiving a youth allowance and is neither:

                              (i)  subject to a requirement by the Secretary to participate in the PSP; nor

                             (ii)  a party to a youth allowance activity agreement under which the person is required to participate in the PSP;

                            the allowance is not payable and if, at a later time, a youth allowance becomes payable to the person, an administrative breach rate reduction period applies to the person;

24  Subsection 63(5)

Omit all the words after paragraph (d), substitute:

the following paragraphs have effect:

                     (e)  if the person is receiving newstart allowance and is neither:

                              (i)  subject to a requirement by the Secretary to participate in the PSP; nor

                             (ii)  a party to a Newstart Activity Agreement under which the person is required to participate in the PSP;

                            the allowance is not payable and if, at a later time, newstart allowance becomes payable to the person, an administrative breach rate reduction period applies to the person;

                      (f)  in any other case, the payment that the person has received or has claimed is not payable.

25  Paragraph 127(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.