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8937

2019-2020

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020

 

(1)     Clause  2 , page 2 (after table item 12), insert:

                                                                                                                           

12A.  Schedule 6A

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent .

 

[commencement]

(2)     Page 41 (after line 6), after Schedule 6, insert:

Schedule 6A Additional support for Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment recipients

   

Social Security Act 1991

1  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 27 April 2020.

Cessation of supplement

             (2)  This section ceases to apply at the end of:

                     (a)  the period (the initial period ) of 6 months beginning on 25 March 2020, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

                     (b)  if a period is extended under subsection (3)—the extended period.

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, extend the initial period (or that period as extended one or more times under this subsection) by a period not exceeding 3 months. The Minister must be satisfied that the extension is in response to circumstances relating to the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Amount of supplement

             (4)  For the period beginning on 27 April 2020 and ending at the end of the initial period, the amount of the COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is:

                     (a)  $550, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

                     (b)  if an amount is determined under subsection (5)—that amount.

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine an amount for the purposes of paragraph (4)(b).

             (6)  For any extension period, the amount of the COVID-19 supplement is to be worked out in accordance with a determination under subsection (7).

             (7)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make a determination for the purposes of subsection (6).

             (8)  Without limiting subsection (7), the determination may provide that the amount of COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is nil for specified persons.

2  At the end of Division 4 of Part 2.5

Add:

211   COVID-19 supplement

             (1)  If a person is receiving carer payment, the rate of the person’s carer payment is increased by the amount of the COVID-19 supplement. The increase begins on 27 April 2020.

Cessation of supplement

             (2)  This section ceases to apply at the end of:

                     (a)  the period (the initial period ) of 6 months beginning on 25 March 2020, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

                     (b)  if a period is extended under subsection (3)—the extended period.

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, extend the initial period (or that period as extended one or more times under this subsection) by a period not exceeding 3 months. The Minister must be satisfied that the extension is in response to circumstances relating to the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Amount of supplement

             (4)  For the period beginning on 27 April 2020 and ending at the end of the initial period, the amount of the COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is:

                     (a)  $550, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

                     (b)  if an amount is determined under subsection (5)—that amount.

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine an amount for the purposes of paragraph (4)(b).

             (6)  For any extension period, the amount of the COVID-19 supplement is to be worked out in accordance with a determination under subsection (7).

             (7)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make a determination for the purposes of subsection (6).

             (8)  Without limiting subsection (7), the determination may provide that the amount of COVID-19 supplement per fortnight is nil for specified persons.

[extending eligibility for COVID-19 supplement]



 

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Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020

 

 

 

Statement pursuant to the order of

the Senate of 26 June 2000

 

 

 



Amendment (2)

 

Amendment (2) is framed as a request because it amends the bill in a way that would increase expenditure under the standing appropriation in section 242 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 .

 

The effect of the amendment would be to extend the COVID-19 supplement to persons receiving the disability support pension and carer payment.

 

The amendment would therefore increase the amount of expenditure under the standing appropriation in section 242 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 .

 

Amendment (1)

 

Amendment (1) is consequential to amendment (2).

 

 

Statement by the Clerk of the Senate pursuant

to the order of the Senate of 26 June 2000

 

 

 

Amendment (2)

 

If the effect of the amendment is to increase expenditure under the standing appropriation in section 242 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 then it is in accordance with the precedents of the Senate that the amendment be moved as a request.

 

Amendment (1)

 

This amendment is consequential on the request. It is the practice of the Senate that an amendment that is consequential on an amendment framed as a request may also be framed as a request.