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Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (One-off Payments and Other Budget Measures) Bill 2008

Schedule 2 Administrative schemes for 2008 one-off payments to older Australians

   

1  Administrative scheme for 2008 one-off payments to older Australians (social security)

(1)       Subject to this item, a Minister administering provisions of the Social Security Act 1991 may, by legislative instrument, determine a scheme under which one-off payments may be made to older Australians in particular circumstances. The Minister may, by legislative instrument, vary or revoke the scheme.

Note:       Because there is more than one Minister administering provisions of the Social Security Act 1991 , there may be more than one scheme.

(2)       The circumstances in which the scheme provides for payments must be circumstances:

                     (a)  in which the Minister considers that Division 4 of Part 2.2B of the Social Security Act 1991 does not produce appropriate results; and

                     (b)  occurring in the financial year starting on 1 July 2007.

(3)       Without limiting the generality of subitem (1), the scheme may deal with the following:

                     (a)  the circumstances in which payments are to be made;

                     (b)  the amount of the payments;

                     (c)  what a person has to do to get a payment;

                     (d)  debt recovery in circumstances similar to those provided for in section 1223ABAA of the Social Security Act 1991 ;

                     (e)  administrative matters, such as determination of entitlement and how and when payments will be made.

(4)       Payments under the scheme are to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.

2  Administrative scheme for 2008 one-off payments to older Australians (veterans)

(1)       Subject to this item, the Minister administering the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 may, by legislative instrument, determine a scheme under which one-off payments may be made to older Australians in particular circumstances. The Minister may, by legislative instrument, vary or revoke the scheme.

(2)       The circumstances in which the scheme provides for payments must be circumstances:

                     (a)  in which the Minister considers that Part VIIF of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 does not produce appropriate results; and

                     (b)  occurring in the financial year starting on 1 July 2007.

(3)       Without limiting the generality of subitem (1), the scheme may deal with the following:

                     (a)  the circumstances in which payments are to be made;

                     (b)  the amount of the payments;

                     (c)  what a person has to do to get a payment;

                     (d)  debt recovery in circumstances similar to those provided for in section 118ZZP of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 ;

                     (e)  administrative matters, such as determination of entitlement and how and when payments will be made.

(4)       Payments under the scheme are to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.