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Schedule 2—Expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 supplement

Schedule 2 Expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 supplement

   

Social Security Act 1991

1  At the end of Division 4 of Part 2.2

Add:

56   COVID-19 supplement

             (1)  If a person is receiving:

                     (a)  an age pension; and

                     (b)  rent assistance;

the rate of the person’s age pension is increased by the amount of the COVID-19 supplement. The increase begins on 25 September 2020.

             (2)  In this section:

rent assistance means an amount paid or payable under this Act to help cover the cost of rent.

Amount of supplement

             (3)  For the period beginning on 25 September 2020 and ending at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2), the amount of the COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

Cessation of supplement

             (4)  This section ceases to apply at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2).

2  At the end of Division 5 of Part 2.3

Add:

121   COVID-19 supplement

             (1)  If a person is receiving a disability support pension, the rate of the person’s disability support pension is increased by the amount of the COVID-19 supplement. The increase begins on 25 September 2020.

Amount of supplement

             (2)  For the period beginning on 25 September 2020 and ending at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2), the amount of the COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

Cessation of supplement

             (3)  This section ceases to apply at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2).

3  At the end of Part 3.19

Add:

1210C   COVID-19 supplement for specified payments

             (1)  If a person is receiving one of the following payments:

                     (a)  austudy payment;

                     (b)  partner allowance;

                     (c)  widow allowance;

                     (d)  special benefit;

                     (e)  a payment under the scheme known as the ABSTUDY scheme that includes an amount identified as a living allowance;

then the rate of the person’s payment is increased by the amount of the COVID-19 supplement.

Amount of supplement

             (2)  For the period beginning on 25 September 2020 and ending at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2), the amount of the COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

Cessation of supplement

             (3)  This section ceases to apply at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2).