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Social Security and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Allowances) Bill 2008

Schedule 1 Utilities allowance

Part 1 Amendments

Social Security Act 1991

1  Subparagraph 1061T(a)(ii)

Omit “or a partner allowance”, substitute “, a partner allowance, a disability support pension, a carer payment, a wife pension, a widow B pension or a bereavement allowance”.

2  Paragraph 1061TA(2)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  either of the following are payable in relation to that day:

                              (i)  seniors concession allowance under this Act;

                             (ii)  seniors concession allowance under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act; or

3  Subsection 1061TA(3) (definition of utilities allowance test day )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

utilities allowance test day means:

                     (a)  20 March; and

                     (b)  20 June; and

                     (c)  20 September; and

                     (d)  20 December.

4  Section 1061TB (table items 1 to 4)

Omit “$100”, substitute “$500”.

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

5  Subsection 48A(3)

Omit “2”, substitute “4”.

6  Subsection 48A(4) (definition of utilities allowance test day )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

utilities allowance test day means:

                     (a)  20 March; and

                     (b)  20 June; and

                     (c)  20 September; and

                     (d)  20 December.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

7  Section 118O (definition of utilities allowance test day )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

utilities allowance test day means:

                     (a)  20 March; and

                     (b)  20 June; and

                     (c)  20 September; and

                     (d)  20 December.

8  Subsection 118OA(1)

Omit “(1)”.

9  Paragraph 118OA(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

10  Subsection 118OA(2)

Repeal the subsection.

11  Paragraph 118OB(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  either of the following are payable in relation to that day:

                              (i)  seniors concession allowance under this Act;

                             (ii)  seniors concession allowance under the Social Security Act; or

12  Section 118OC (table items 1 to 3)

Omit “$100”, substitute “$500”.

13  Subsection 118OD(3)

Omit “2”, substitute “4”.



 

Part 2 Transitional provisions

14  No indexation of rates of utilities allowance for the 20 March 2008 indexation day

(1)       Despite Division 2 of Part 3.16 of Chapter 3 of the Social Security Act 1991 , there is to be no indexation of the rates of utilities allowance under that Division for the indexation day that occurs on 20 March 2008.

(2)       Despite section 198E of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 , there is to be no indexation of the rates of utilities allowance under that section for the indexation day that occurs on 20 March 2008.