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Governor-General Legislation Amendment Bill 2001
Schedule 1 Amendment of the Governor-General Act 1974

Part 1 Salary

1  Section 3

Omit “$58,000”, substitute “$310,000”.

2  Transitional provision

The amendment made by this Part does not have effect during the continuance in office of the person holding office as Governor-General immediately before the commencement of this Act.



 

Part 2 Superannuation matters

3  Subsection 2A(2)

Insert:

assessment has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997.

4  Subsection 2A(2)

Insert:

basic rate , at a particular time, in relation to a particular person, means 60% of the salary of the Chief Justice of Australia at that time, reduced by the amount of any pension or retiring allowance payable to that person at that time, whether by virtue of a law or otherwise out of money provided in whole or part by Australia, a State or a Territory.

5  Subsection 2A(2)

Insert:

notice of assessment , in respect of a person, means a notice given under subsection 15(8) of the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997 to the person or to the person’s spouse, or to the legal personal representative of the person or the person’s spouse, stating that a person is liable to pay an amount of surcharge on surchargeable contributions for the person.

6  Subsection 2A(2)

Insert:

surcharge has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997.

7  Subsection 2A(2) (definition of surcharge deduction amount )

Omit all the words from and including “means”, substitute:

means:

                     (c)  for the purposes of calculating the prescribed percentage before the payment of the allowance has commenced—the amount by which the person’s surcharge debt account was in debit when the allowance became payable; or

                     (d)  for the purposes of calculating the prescribed percentage after the payment of the allowance has commenced—the amount of surcharge on surchargeable contributions for the person which the trustee is liable to pay because of the operation of subsection 4(4).

8  Subsection 2A(2)

Insert:

surchargeable contributions , for a person, means surchargeable contributions within the meaning of the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997 that are attributable to the operation of this Act in respect of the person.

9  Paragraphs 4(3)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  if the person’s surcharge debt account was in debit when the allowance became payable to the person—a rate equal to 85% of the basic rate or the prescribed percentage of the basic rate at the relevant time, whichever is higher; or

                     (b)  if the person’s surcharge debt account was not in debit when the allowance became payable to the person, whichever of the following rates is applicable:

                              (i)  if a notice of assessment in respect of the person has been given before the relevant time—a rate equal to 85% of the basic rate or the prescribed percentage of the basic rate at that time, whichever is higher;

                             (ii)  if a notice of assessment in respect of the person has not been given before the relevant time, and subsection (3AA) does not apply to the person at that time—a rate equal to 85% of the basic rate at that time;

                            (iii)  if a notice of assessment in respect of the person has not been given before the relevant time, and subsection (3AA) applies to the person at that time—the basic rate at that time.

Note:          For prescribed percentage , see subsection (3B).

10  After subsection 4(3)

Insert:

       (3AA)  This subsection applies to a person at a particular time (the relevant time ) if, before the relevant time:

                     (a)  the trustee of the Scheme (within the meaning of section 5A); and

                     (b)  the person or, if the person is deceased, the person’s spouse or spouses or legal personal representative;

have reached a writt en agreement that a notice of assessment is not likely to be given in respect of the person.

11  Subsection 4(3A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (3A)  The rate of the allowance payable at any time (the relevant time ) to a spouse of a deceased person who held office as Governor-General is the amount worked out using the formula:

where:

adjustment amount means the amount of any pension or retiring allowance that would have been payable to the deceased person at the relevant time if the deceased person had not died, whether by virtue of a law or otherwise out of money provided in whole or part by Australia, a State or a Territory.

allowance rate means:

                     (a)  if the person died while holding office as Governor-General—the rate that would be applicable at the relevant time to the deceased person under subsection (3) if he or she had not died but had ceased to hold that office; or

                     (b)  if the deceased person died after ceasing to hold office as Governor-General—the rate that would be applicable at the relevant time to the deceased person under subsection (3) if he or she had not died.

reduction amount means the amount of any pension or retiring allowance payable to the spouse of the deceased person at the relevant time, whether by virtue of a law or otherwise out of money provided in whole or part by Australia, a State or a Territory.

12  Subsection 4(3B)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (3B)  In subsection (3):

prescribed percentage , in relation to a person who has held office as Governor-General, means the percentage worked out in accordance with the formula:

where:

SAt means the amount worked out in accordance with the formula:

where:

basic rate has the meaning given by section 2A.

BR 1 is the basic rate at the time when the prescribed percentage is first calculated, and BR 2 , BR 3 etc. have corresponding meanings for any later time when the prescribed percentage is calculated.

SA 1 is the surcharge adjustment at the time when the prescribed percentage is first calculated, and SA 2 , SA 3 etc. have corresponding meanings for any later time when the prescribed percentage is calculated.

surcharge adjustment means the amount obtained by dividing the person’s surcharge deduction amount by the conversion factor applicable to the person under the determination referred to in subsection (3C).

13  Subsection 4(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  a person ceases to hold office as Governor-General; and

                     (b)  after the person ceases to hold office, a notice of assessment (including an amended assessment) in respect of the person is given to the person, the person’s spouse or the legal personal representative of the person or the person’s spouse; and

                     (c)  apart from this section, a person would be liable to pay surcharge under the assessment in accordance with the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997 ;

the trustee of the Scheme (within the meaning of section 5A) is liable to pay the surcharge under the assessment mentioned in paragraph (b), and any general interest charge in respect of the surcharge, to the Commissioner of Taxation, and the liability of any other person to pay the surcharge or general interest charge, as the case requires, is discharged.

             (5)  Despite subsection (4), the trustee of the Scheme is not liable to pay the surcharge unless the person, the person’s spouse or the legal personal representative of the person or the person’s spouse gives the notice of assessment to the trustee of the Scheme.

             (6)  If, after an allowance became payable to a person under this section, a notice of assessment (including an amended assessment) of the person’s surcharge is given to the trustee of the Scheme as mentioned in subsection (5), the trustee must calculate or recalculate, as the case requires, the prescribed percentage of the basic rate in accordance with subsection (3B).

             (7)  Amounts payable under subsection (4) are to be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.

14  Application provision

The repeals and amendments made by this Schedule do not apply to a person who held office as Governor-General before 20 August 1996.