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Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2003

Part 2.21A Language, literacy and numeracy supplement

Division 1 Preliminary

1047   Definition

                   In this Part:

designated social security payment means:

                     (a)  disability support pension; or

                     (b)  mature age allowance payable under Part 2.12B; or

                     (c)  newstart allowance; or

                     (d)  parenting payment; or

                     (e)  partner allowance; or

                      (f)  widow allowance; or

                     (g)  youth allowance.

Division 2 Qualification for language, literacy and numeracy supplement

1048   General statement of qualification

                   A person is qualified to receive a language, literacy and numeracy supplement in respect of a fortnight if:

                     (a)  the person is receiving a designated social security payment in respect of that fortnight; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that, on a day during that fortnight, the person was attending a course included in the language, literacy and numeracy program administered by the Department of State responsible for education and training.

Division 3 Circumstances where language, literacy and numeracy supplement not payable

1049   Language, literacy and numeracy supplement not payable in certain circumstances

             (1)  Language, literacy and numeracy supplement is not payable to a person in respect of a fortnight if pensioner education supplement under Part 2.24A or under ABSTUDY is payable to the person in respect of a day in the fortnight.

             (2)  Language, literacy and numeracy supplement is not payable to a person in respect of a fortnight if an approved program of work supplement or a CDEP Scheme Participant Supplement is payable to the person in respect of that fortnight.

             (3)  Language, literacy and numeracy supplement is not payable to a person in respect of a fortnight in relation to attendance at a second or subsequent language, literacy or numeracy course in that fortnight.

             (4)  For the avoidance of doubt, language, literacy and numeracy supplement is payable in respect of a person’s attendance at a language, literacy or numeracy course whether that attendance is voluntary or is required under the provisions of, or of an agreement made under, any other provision of this Act.

Division 4 Rate increase relating to language, literacy and numeracy supplement

1050   Rate increase attributable to language, literacy and numeracy supplement

                   If a person:

                     (a)  is qualified to receive language, literacy and numeracy supplement in respect of a fortnight; and

                     (b)  nothing in section 1049 precludes the payability of that supplement to that person in respect of that fortnight;

the rate of the person’s designated social security payment in respect of that fortnight, worked out under Chapter 3 and taking account of any rate reduction provided for in this Act, is increased by $20.80, being the fortnightly rate of the supplement.

2  After subparagraph 1223(7)(b)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  the rate of the person’s social security benefit payment was increased by an amount of language, literacy and numeracy supplement when that rate should not have been so increased; or

3  After paragraph 1223(7)(c)

Insert:

                    (ca)  the amount of language, literacy and numeracy supplement;