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Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014

2013-2014

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014

 

No.      , 2014

 

(Social Services)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish a scheme to make payments in relation to use of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Key elements of BSWAT payment scheme                                          6

5............ Simplified outline of this Part.............................................................. 6

6............ Eligibility............................................................................................. 6

7............ Definition of intellectual impairment .................................................. 7

8............ Payment amount.................................................................................. 7

9............ Effect on representative proceedings................................................... 8

10.......... Effect on certain claims....................................................................... 9

11.......... Evidence of eligibility........................................................................ 10

Part 3—How to obtain a payment under the BSWAT payment scheme 11

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                       11

12.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 11

Division 2—Registration and application                                                         13

13.......... Registration....................................................................................... 13

14.......... When a person cannot be included on the register............................. 13

15.......... Application........................................................................................ 13

16.......... When a person cannot make an application....................................... 14

Division 3—Determinations, offers and refusals                                          15

17.......... Determination of application............................................................. 15

18.......... Certain applications must not be determined..................................... 15

19.......... Offer................................................................................................. 16

20.......... Refusal.............................................................................................. 17

21.......... Certain circumstances in which offers and refusals cannot be given. 18

22.......... Extensions......................................................................................... 19

Division 4—Internal review                                                                                     20

23.......... Internal review at Secretary’s initiative.............................................. 20

24.......... Internal review on application........................................................... 20

25.......... Withdrawal of application for internal review................................... 21

Division 5—External review                                                                                    22

26.......... Application for external review......................................................... 22

27.......... Appointing external reviewer............................................................ 22

28.......... External review................................................................................. 23

29.......... Material that may be considered by external reviewer....................... 23

30.......... External reviewer may request Secretary to seek further information 25

31.......... Withdrawal of application for external review................................... 25

32.......... Notice of decision on external review............................................... 26

Division 6—Determinations made on a review                                             27

33.......... Substituting determinations on a review............................................ 27

34.......... Effect of review on previous offer or refusal.................................... 28

Division 7—Accepting an offer                                                                              29

35.......... Accepting an offer............................................................................. 29

36.......... Legal advice certificate...................................................................... 29

37.......... Financial counselling certificate......................................................... 29

38.......... Effective acceptance.......................................................................... 30

39.......... Notice to Federal Court..................................................................... 30

40.......... Payment of amount........................................................................... 31

41.......... Declining an offer............................................................................. 31

Part 4—Nominees                                                                                                                 32

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           32

42.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 32

43.......... Definition of participant ................................................................... 32

44.......... Act that may be done......................................................................... 32

Division 2—Functions and responsibilities of nominee                              33

45.......... Actions on behalf of participant........................................................ 33

46.......... Duties of nominee to participant........................................................ 33

47.......... Giving of notices to nominee............................................................ 34

48.......... Compliance by nominee.................................................................... 35

49.......... Nominee to inform Secretary of matters affecting ability to act as nominee              36

Division 3—Appointment and cancellation or suspension of appointment           37

50.......... Appointment of nominee................................................................... 37

51.......... Provisions relating to appointments.................................................. 37

52.......... Circumstances in which the Secretary must cancel appointment of nominees          38

53.......... General circumstances in which Secretary may cancel or suspend appointment of nominees  39

54.......... Suspension etc. of appointment of nominees in cases of physical, mental or financial harm    40

55.......... Other matters relating to cancellation or suspension of appointment. 42

56.......... Rules may prescribe requirements etc............................................... 42

57.......... Secretary’s powers of revocation...................................................... 42

Division 4—Review of certain decisions about nominees                        43

58.......... Review of certain decisions about nominees..................................... 43

59.......... Application for review...................................................................... 43

60.......... Withdrawal of application................................................................. 44

61.......... Review of decisions following application under section 59............. 44

62.......... Notice and date of effect.................................................................... 44

Division 5—Other matters relating to nominees                                          46

63.......... Secretary’s powers to give notices to participant............................... 46

64.......... Notification of nominee where notice is given to participant............. 46

65.......... Protection of participant against liability for actions of nominee....... 46

66.......... Protection of nominee against criminal liability................................. 46

Part 5—Administration                                                                                                     47

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           47

67.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 47

Division 2—Information gathering                                                                      48

68.......... Further information from applicant................................................... 48

69.......... General power to obtain information................................................. 48

70.......... Power to obtain information from a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth               49

71.......... Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth       49

72.......... Written notice.................................................................................... 50

73.......... Offence............................................................................................. 50

74.......... Obligations not affected by State or Territory laws........................... 51

Division 3—Privacy                                                                                                      52

75.......... Protection of information.................................................................. 52

76.......... Offence—unauthorised access to protected information................... 52

77.......... Offence—unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information.. 52

78.......... Offence—soliciting disclosure of protected information................... 53

79.......... Offence—offering to supply protected information.......................... 53

80.......... Protection of certain documents etc. from production to court etc..... 54

81.......... Disclosure of information by Secretary............................................. 54

82.......... Rules for exercise of Secretary’s disclosure powers......................... 55

83.......... Part does not affect the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982              55

Division 4—Debt recovery                                                                                       56

84.......... Debts due to the Commonwealth...................................................... 56

85.......... Joint and several liability for debts arising because of false and misleading statements            57

86.......... Legal proceedings............................................................................. 57

87.......... Arrangement for payment of debt..................................................... 57

88.......... Recovery of amounts from financial institutions............................... 58

89.......... Overseas application of debts............................................................ 59

Division 5—Non-recovery of debts                                                                      60

90.......... Secretary may write off debt............................................................. 60

91.......... Power to waive Commonwealth’s right to recover debt.................... 61

92.......... Waiver of debt arising from error...................................................... 61

93.......... Waiver of small debt......................................................................... 61

94.......... Waiver in relation to settlements........................................................ 62

95.......... Waiver in special circumstances........................................................ 62

Part 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        64

96.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 64

97.......... Effect of person’s death.................................................................... 64

98.......... No admissions.................................................................................. 64

99.......... Standing appropriation...................................................................... 64

100........ Delegation......................................................................................... 65

101........ Approved forms................................................................................ 65

102........ Rules................................................................................................. 65

 



A Bill for an Act to establish a scheme to make payments in relation to use of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool, and for related purposes

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