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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Schedule 1 Ordinary waiting periods

   

Social Security Act 1991

1  Subsection 19C(4)

After “or a person to whom an income maintenance period applies,”, insert “or in relation to working out if a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period,”.

2  At the end of paragraph 19C(4)(a)

Add:

                     ; or (iv)  in relation to working out if the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period—the 4 weeks immediately before the person’s start day mentioned in paragraph 500WA(1)(a), 549CA(2)(a), 620(1)(a) or 693(a);

3  At the end of subsection 19C(6)

Add:

               ; or (d)  in relation to working out if the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period—the amount of allowance or parenting payment (as the case may be) that would have been payable to the person during the 4-week period mentioned in subparagraph (4)(a)(iv) if that allowance or payment were payable to the person for that period.

4  At the end of subsection 19C(7)

Add:

               ; or (d)  in relation to working out if the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period—twice the amount of allowance or parenting payment (as the case may be) that would have been payable to the person during the 4-week period mentioned in subparagraph (4)(a)(iv) if that allowance or payment were payable to the person for that period.

5  After section 19D

Insert:

19DA   Experiencing a personal financial crisis definition

             (1)  A person is experiencing a personal financial crisis if and only if:

                     (a)  the person is in severe financial hardship; and

                     (b)  subsection (2), (3) or (4) applies to the person.

Note 1:       This definition relates to ordinary waiting periods.

Note 2:       For in severe financial hardship see subsection 19C(2) (person who is not a member of a couple) and subsection 19C(3) (person who is a member of a couple).

Domestic violence

             (2)  This subsection applies to the person if the person was subjected to domestic violence at some time in the 4 weeks immediately before the person’s start day mentioned in paragraph 500WA(1)(a), 549CA(2)(a), 620(1)(a) or 693(a).

Unavoidable or reasonable expenditure

             (3)  This subsection applies to the person if the person is in severe financial hardship because the person has incurred unavoidable or reasonable expenditure in the 4 weeks immediately before the person’s start day mentioned in paragraph 500WA(1)(a), 549CA(2)(a), 620(1)(a) or 693(a).

Note:          For unavoidable or reasonable expenditure see subsection 19C(4).

Other circumstances

             (4)  This subsection applies to the person if the person satisfies the circumstances prescribed in an instrument under subsection (5).

             (5)  The Secretary may, by legislative instrument, prescribe circumstances for the purposes of subsection (4).

Evidence

             (6)  Without limiting subsection (2), (3) or (4), that subsection does not apply to the person unless he or she produces evidence that demonstrates a reasonable possibility that it applies to the person.

6  Subsection 23(1)

Insert:

experiencing a personal financial crisis : see section 19DA.

7  Subsection 23(1) (before paragraph (a) of the definition of ordinary waiting period )

Insert:

                    (aa)  a parenting payment ordinary waiting period under sections 500WA and 500WB; or

                   (ab)  a youth allowance ordinary waiting period under sections 549CA and 549CB; or

8  Subsection 23(1) (after paragraph (ab) of the definition of waiting period )

Insert:

                    (ac)  a parenting payment ordinary waiting period under sections 500WA and 500WB; or

                   (ad)  a youth allowance ordinary waiting period under sections 549CA and 549CB; or

                    (ae)  a youth allowance newly arrived resident’s waiting period under sections 549D and 549E; or

9  Subsection 23(10)

Omit “social security benefit under Part 2.12 (newstart allowance) or Part 2.14 (sickness allowance)”, substitute “social security benefit or social security pension”.

10  After section 500W

Insert:

500WA   Ordinary waiting period

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period unless:

                     (a)  at some time in the 13 weeks immediately before the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act), the person received an income support payment; or

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the person is experiencing a personal financial crisis.

Note 1:       For income support payment see subsection 23(1).

Note 2:       For experiencing a personal financial crisis see section 19DA.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who:

                     (a)  is undertaking an activity specified in an instrument made under subsection (3); and

                     (b)  has been exempted from the application of subsection (1) by the Secretary.

             (3)  The Secretary may, by legislative instrument, specify activities for the purpose of paragraph (2)(a).

500WB   Duration of ordinary waiting period

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) and (4), if a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period, the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act).

             (2)  Subject to subsection (4), if:

                     (a)  a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  apart from this subsection, the ordinary waiting period would be the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act); and

                     (c)  that start day falls within one or more of the following periods (each of which is an exclusion period ) that the person is subject to:

                              (i)  a seasonal work preclusion period;

                             (ii)  a lump sum preclusion period under Part 3.14;

                            (iii)  an income maintenance period, where the person’s rate of parenting payment on that start day would be nil;

then the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the first day after all the exclusion periods have ended.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (2)(c)(iii) applies to a person; and

                     (b)  on a day in that income maintenance period, the person’s rate of parenting payment would be greater than nil if parenting payment were payable to the person on that day;

then, for the purposes of subsection (2), that income maintenance period is taken to have ended at the end of the day before that day.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  a person qualifies for a social security payment (other than parenting payment); and

                     (b)  because the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period relating to that payment, that payment is not payable to the person for a period starting on a particular day (the initial day ); and

                     (c)  during that period the person:

                              (i)  ceases to be qualified for that payment; and

                             (ii)  claims parenting payment;

the person’s ordinary waiting period relating to parenting payment is the period of 7 days that starts on the initial day.

Note:          Ordinary waiting periods apply to parenting payment, youth allowance, newstart allowance and sickness allowance.

11  After paragraph 549(2)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  an ordinary waiting period (see sections 549CA and 549CB);

12  After section 549C

Insert:

549CA   Ordinary waiting period

             (1)  This section applies if a person is qualified for a youth allowance, where neither section 540AA (about new apprentices) nor paragraph 541(1)(a) (about full-time study) applies.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period unless:

                     (a)  at some time in the 13 weeks immediately before the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act), the person received an income support payment; or

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the person is experiencing a personal financial crisis; or

                     (c)  on the day before the day the person qualified for the youth allowance mentioned in subsection (1), the person was qualified for a youth allowance where section 540AA or paragraph 541(1)(a) applied.

Note 1:       For income support payment see subsection 23(1).

Note 2:       For experiencing a personal financial crisis see section 19DA.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply to a person who:

                     (a)  is undertaking an activity specified in an instrument made under subsection (4); and

                     (b)  has been exempted from the application of subsection (2) by the Secretary.

             (4)  The Secretary may, by legislative instrument, specify activities for the purpose of paragraph (3)(a).

549CB   Duration of ordinary waiting period

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) and (4), if a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period, the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act).

             (2)  Subject to subsection (4), if:

                     (a)  a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  apart from this subsection, the ordinary waiting period would be the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act); and

                     (c)  that start day falls within one or more of the following periods (each of which is an exclusion period ) that the person is subject to:

                              (i)  a liquid assets test waiting period;

                             (ii)  a newly arrived resident’s waiting period;

                            (iii)  a seasonal work preclusion period;

                            (iv)  a lump sum preclusion period under Part 3.14;

                             (v)  an income maintenance period, where the person’s rate of youth allowance on that start day would be nil;

then the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the first day after all the exclusion periods have ended.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (2)(c)(v) applies to a person; and

                     (b)  on a day in that income maintenance period, the person’s rate of youth allowance would be greater than nil if youth allowance were payable to the person on that day;

then, for the purposes of subsection (2), that income maintenance period is taken to have ended at the end of the day before that day.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  a person qualifies for a social security payment (other than youth allowance); and

                     (b)  because the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period relating to that payment, that payment is not payable to the person for a period starting on a particular day (the initial day ); and

                     (c)  during that period the person:

                              (i)  ceases to be qualified for that payment; and

                             (ii)  claims youth allowance and is qualified for youth allowance, where neither section 540AA (about new apprentices) nor paragraph 541(1)(a) (about full-time study) applies;

the person’s ordinary waiting period relating to that youth allowance is the period of 7 days that starts on the initial day.

Note:          Ordinary waiting periods apply to parenting payment, youth allowance, newstart allowance and sickness allowance.

13  Section 549F (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

549F   Effect of being subject to multiple waiting periods

14  Section 549F

After “2”, insert “or more”.

15  Section 549F

Omit “both”, substitute “all”.

16  Paragraph 620(1)(a)

After “person’s start day”, insert “(worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act)”.

17  Paragraph 620(1)(a) (note)

Repeal the note.

18  Paragraph 620(1)(g)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (g)  the Secretary is satisfied that the person is experiencing a personal financial crisis.

19  Subsection 620(1) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 1:       For income support payment see subsection 23(1).

Note 2:       For experiencing a personal financial crisis see section 19DA.

20  Section 621

Repeal the section, substitute:

621   Duration of ordinary waiting period

             (1)  Subject to subsections (3) and (5), if a person:

                     (a)  is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  is not disqualified for newstart allowance under section 598 (liquid assets test);

the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act).

             (2)  Subject to subsections (3) and (5), if a person:

                     (a)  is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  is disqualified for newstart allowance under section 598 (liquid assets test);

the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the day after the end of the liquid assets test waiting period referred to in subsection 598(2).

             (3)  Subject to subsection (5), if:

                     (a)  a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  apart from this subsection, the ordinary waiting period would be the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act); and

                     (c)  that start day falls within one or more of the following periods (each of which is an exclusion period ) that the person is subject to:

                              (i)  a newly arrived resident’s waiting period;

                             (ii)  a seasonal work preclusion period;

                            (iii)  a lump sum preclusion period under Part 3.14;

                            (iv)  an income maintenance period, where the person’s rate of newstart allowance on that start day would be nil;

then the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the first day after all the exclusion periods have ended.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (3)(c)(iv) applies to a person; and

                     (b)  on a day in that income maintenance period, the person’s rate of newstart allowance would be greater than nil if newstart allowance were payable to the person on that day;

then, for the purposes of subsection (3), that income maintenance period is taken to have ended at the end of the day before that day.

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  a person qualifies for a social security payment (other than newstart allowance); and

                     (b)  because the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period relating to that payment, that payment is not payable to the person for a period starting on a particular day (the initial day ); and

                     (c)  during that period the person:

                              (i)  ceases to be qualified for that payment; and

                             (ii)  claims newstart allowance;

the person’s ordinary waiting period relating to newstart allowance is the period of 7 days that starts on the initial day.

Note:          Ordinary waiting periods apply to parenting payment, youth allowance, newstart allowance and sickness allowance.

21  Paragraph 693(a)

After “person’s start day”, insert “(worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act)”.

22  Paragraph 693(a) (note)

Repeal the note.

23  Paragraph 693(f)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                      (f)  the Secretary is satisfied that the person is experiencing a personal financial crisis.

24  Section 693 (notes 2 to 5)

Repeal the notes, substitute:

Note 1:       For income support payment see subsection 23(1).

Note 2:       For experiencing a financial crisis see section 19DA.

25  Section 694

Repeal the section, substitute:

694   Duration of ordinary waiting period

             (1)  Subject to subsections (3) and (5), if a person:

                     (a)  is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  is not disqualified for sickness allowance under section 676 (liquid assets test);

the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act).

             (2)  Subject to subsections (3) and (5), if a person:

                     (a)  is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  is disqualified for sickness allowance under section 676 (liquid assets test);

the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the day after the end of the period referred to in subsection 676(3).

             (3)  Subject to subsection (5), if:

                     (a)  a person is subject to an ordinary waiting period; and

                     (b)  apart from this subsection, the ordinary waiting period would be the period of 7 days that starts on the person’s start day (worked out disregarding clause 5 of Schedule 2 to the Administration Act); and

                     (c)  that start day falls within one or more of the following periods (each of which is an exclusion period ) that the person is subject to:

                              (i)  a newly arrived resident’s waiting period;

                             (ii)  a seasonal work preclusion period;

                            (iii)  a lump sum preclusion period under Part 3.14;

                            (iv)  an income maintenance period, where the person’s rate of sickness allowance on that start day would be nil;

then the ordinary waiting period is the period of 7 days that starts on the first day after all the exclusion periods have ended.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (3)(c)(iv) applies to a person; and

                     (b)  on a day in that income maintenance period, the person’s rate of sickness allowance would be greater than nil if sickness allowance were payable to the person on that day;

then, for the purposes of subsection (3), that income maintenance period is taken to have ended at the end of the day before that day.

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  a person qualifies for a social security payment (other than sickness allowance); and

                     (b)  because the person is subject to an ordinary waiting period relating to that payment, that payment is not payable to the person for a period starting on a particular day (the initial day ); and

                     (c)  during that period the person:

                              (i)  ceases to be qualified for that payment; and

                             (ii)  claims sickness allowance;

the person’s ordinary waiting period relating to sickness allowance is the period of 7 days that starts on the initial day.

Note:          Ordinary waiting periods apply to parenting payment, youth allowance, newstart allowance and sickness allowance.

26  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to a claim for a social security payment that is made on or after the commencement of this item.