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Schedule 9—Changes to activity tests for persons aged 55 to 59

Schedule 9 Changes to activity tests for persons aged 55 to 59

   

Social Security Act 1991

1  Before subsection 603AA(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subject to subsection (3), a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period ) if the person:

                     (a)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

                     (b)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

2  Subsection 603AA(1)

Omit “55 years”, substitute “60 years of age”.

3  Subsection 603AA(1)

After “in respect of a period”, insert “of 2 weeks”.

4  Paragraph 603AA(1)(a)

Omit “period”, substitute “relevant period”.

5  Paragraph 603AA(1)(b)

Omit “period”, substitute “relevant period,”.

6  Paragraph 603AA(1)(c)

Omit “period”, substitute “relevant period”.

7  Paragraph 603AA(4)(a)

Omit “approved voluntary unpaid work”, substitute “approved unpaid voluntary work”.

8  Before subsection 731G(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subject to subsection (3), a person to whom this Subdivision applies who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of each period of 2 weeks while the person is receiving special benefit (the relevant period ) if the person:

                     (a)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

                     (b)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

9  Subsection 731G(1)

Omit “55 years”, substitute “60 years of age”.

10  Paragraph 731G(1)(c)

Omit “period”, substitute “relevant period”.

11  Subsection 731G(4)

Insert:

approved unpaid voluntary work , either full-time or otherwise, is work that has been approved by the Secretary for the purposes of this section.

12  Subsection 731G(4) (definition of approved voluntary unpaid work )

Repeal the definition.

13  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to relevant periods beginning on or after the commencement of this item.