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Schedule 13—Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence

Schedule 13 Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence

   

Social Security Act 1991

1  Subsection 23(1)

Insert:

declared program participant means a person who is a participant, in accordance with the applicable provisions (if any) of a determination made under section 28C, in an employment services program specified in that determination.

2  After section 28B

Insert:

28C   Declared program participants

             (1)  The Secretary may, by legislative instrument, make a determination for the purposes of the definition of declared program participant in subsection 23(1).

             (2)  The determination may provide for the operation of the social security law in relation to a person who becomes, or stops being, a declared program participant at a particular time (including in relation to things that happened before that time).

             (3)  The determination may, for the purposes of subsection (2), provide that a provision of the social security law has effect in relation to a person mentioned in that subsection with any modifications set out in the determination.

3  After subsection 94C(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to illness, or an accident, wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s dependence on alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

4  After subsection 94F(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to circumstances wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s misuse of alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

5  After subsection 502F(1)

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to circumstances wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s misuse of alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

6  After subsection 502H(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Subsection (1) does not apply to sickness, or an accident, wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s dependence on alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

7  After subsection 542A(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Subsection (1) does not apply to sickness, or an accident, wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s dependence on alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant, a new apprentice or undertaking full-time study.

8  After subsection 542H(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Subsection (1) does not apply to circumstances wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s misuse of alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant, a new apprentice or undertaking full-time study.

9  After subsection 603A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to circumstances wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s misuse of alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

10  After subsection 603C(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Subsection (1) does not apply to sickness, or an accident, wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s dependence on alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

11  After subsection 731E(1)

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          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to circumstances wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s misuse of alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

12  After subsection 731K(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Subsection (1) does not apply to sickness, or an accident, wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s dependence on alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.

13  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to circumstances, illness or sickness existing, and accidents occurring, on or after the commencement of this Schedule.