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PAPUA NEW GUINEA SUPERANNUATION SCHEME

ANNUAL REPORT 1993-94

Report by the Commissioner for Superannuation on the general administration and operation o f the Papua New Guinea Superannuation Scheme and certain other schemes for the year

ended 30 June 1994

Australian Government Publishing Service Canberra

© Commonwealth of Australia 1994 ISSN 0814-4192

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Produced by the Australian Government Publishing Service

The Hon. Kim C. Beazley. MP Minister for Finance Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister

In accordance with section 21 of the Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) Act 1973. I am pleased to submit my report on the general administration and operation of Parts V (Superannuation) and IX (Miscellaneous) of the Act for the year ended 30 June 1994

Yours sincerely

K.A. Searson Commissioner for Superannuation 4 October 1994

Commonwealth Superannuation Administration (ComSuper)

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CONTENTS

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1. Papua New Guinea Superannuation Scheme

Legislation I 1

The Scheme 14

Contributions 1.5

Pensions 1.6

2. Papua Superannuation Scheme and New Guinea Superannuation Scheme

Legislation 2.1

Pensions 2.2

3. Miscellaneous

Cost of administration I I

Reconsideration of decisions 3.2

Ombudsman inquiries and representations by Members of Parliament 3 3 Implementation of government initiatives 3 4

Freedom of information and privacy 3 5

Tables

1. Pension commencements and cessations, 1993-94 2. Pension expenditure. 1993-94, and estimated liability. 1994-95 3. Papua Scheme: expenditure, 1993-94, and estimated liability, 1994-95 4. New Guinea Scheme: expenditure, 1993-94, and estimated liability. 1994-95

1 . PAPUA NEW GUINEA SUPERANNUATION SCHEME

Legislation

1.1 Until 1951, superannuation schemes operated for employees of the Administration of the Territories of Papua and of New Guinea under the provisions of the Superannuation Ordinance 1917 of the Territory of Papua and the Superannuation Ordinance 1928 of the Territory' of New Guinea. Subsequently, the

Superannuation (Papua and New Guineaj Ordinance 1951 provided retirement benefits for employees of the Administration of the then combined Territory of Papua and New Guinea through the establishment of the Papua and New Guinea Superannuation Fund. The Superannuation Board which was constituted under the

1951 Ordinance was also empowered to administer the Funds established under the 1917 and 1928 Ordinances

1.2 The Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) (Superannuation) Regulations ('the Regulations') made under section 65 of the Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) Act 1973 ("the Act’) came into operation on 1 December 1973 These regulations provided retirement benefits of the same nature and at the same levels as

the 1951 Ordinance and also provided for continuity with respect to the payment of benefits approved in accordance wnth the 1917 and 1928 Ordinances

1.3 There were no amendments to the legislation during 1993-94.

The Scheme

1.4 Since 1 July 1976, the Papua New Guinea Superannuation Scheme has been administered by the Commissioner for Superannuation in accordance with section 20 of the Act. All benefits are paid from the Consolidated Revenue Fund The detailed provisions of the Scheme are contained in the regulations.

Contributions

1.5 All pensions have now been fully purchased and there were no contributions paid during 1993-94.

Pensions

1.6 During the year, ten new' pensions were commenced and 33 ceased, leaving 525 pensions in force at 30 June 1994 Except for five children's pensions, all cessations were due to the deaths of pensioners. Detailed information is provided in Table 1.

Table 1 Pension commencements and cessations, 1993-94

Pensions at 1.7.93 Commencements Cessations Pensions at 30.6.94

Males Early retirement 77 0 2 75

Maximum age 136 0 10 126

Invalidity 59 0 2 57

Females Early retirement 12 0 2 10

Maximum age 21 0 0 21

Invalidity 4 0 0 4

Widows 232 10 12 230

Children and full-time students 7 0 5 2

Total 548 10 33 525

1.7 Four invalidity pensions totalling $88 392 remained suspended throughout the year under the provisions of sections 51 and 51AA of the Superannuation (Papua New Guinea) Ordinance 1951. on account of the pensioners" re-employment.

1.8 Total expenditure on pensions during the year amounted to $ 15 705 484. The estimated liability for the year ending 30 June 1995 in respect of the 525 pensions in force at 30 June 1994 is $15 919 200. This figure includes the pension increases that became payable on the first pension payday in July 1994 Table 2 allocates these amounts according to pension type

Tabic 2 Pension expenditure, 1993-94, and estimated liability, 1994-95

Expenditure Estimated liability'

1993-94 1994-95

$ $

Males Early retirement 2 655 457 2 668 666

Maximum age 4 697 886 4 628 703

Invalidity 2 111 421 2 097 572

Females Early retirement 264 398 268 100

Maximum age 588 484 596 723

Invalidity 92 338 93 631

Widows 5 267 038 5 552 318

Children and full-time students 28 462 13 487

Total 15 705 484 15 919 200

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2. PAPUA SU PE R A N N U A TIO N S C H E M E AND N EW GUI NEA

SU PE R A N N U A TIO N S C H E M E _________________________________

Legislation

2.1 The Commissioner for Superannuation is also responsible for the payment of pensions flowing from the Superannuation Ordinance 1917 of the Territory of Papua and the Superannuation Ordinance 1928 of the Territory of New Guinea. The Funds that were established for the purposes of these Ordinances have not existed for

many years and the full cost of these pensions is met from the Consolidated Revenue Fund

Pensions

2.2 The number of persons in receipt of pensions under the Papua Scheme did not change during the year At 30 June 1994, two male officers remained in receipt of pensions The Scheme did not provide benefits for widows or children Table 3 shows expenditure for the year ended 30 June 1994 and the estimated liability for the year ending 30 June 1995, including the pension increases payable in July 1994

Tabic 3 Papua Scheme: expenditure, 1993-94, and estimated liability, 1994-95

Expenditure No. of pensions Estimated liability

1993-94 at 30.6.94 1994-95

$ No. $

Males 22 503 2 22 818

Females 0 0 0

Total 22 503 2 22 818

2.3 Under the New Guinea Scheme two widow’s pensions and one ex­ contributor’s pension ceased upon death during the year. At 30 June 1994. there remained two ex-contributors and 24 widows in receipt of pensions. Table 4 shows expenditure for the year ended 30 June 1994 and the estimated liability for the year ending 30 June 1995, including the pension increases payable in July 1994.

Table 4 New Guinea Scheme: expenditure, 1993-94, and estimated liability, 1994-95

Expenditure No. of pensions Estimated liability

1993-94 at 30.6.94 1994-95

$ No. _ $

Males 16 279 2 16 135

Females 346 428 24 342 982

Total 362 707 26 359 117

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3. M ISC E L L A N E O U S

Cost of administration

3.1 The administrative costs of Commonwealth Superannuation Administration (ComSuper), the Office headed by the Commissioner for Superannuation, are met from moneys appropriated annually from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The cost to ComSuper of the administration of the Papua New Guinea Superannuation Scheme and the other schemes included in this report was estimated to be $47 000 for the year ended 30 June 1994.

Reconsideration of decisions

3.2 There is provision under section 54 of the Papua New Guinea (Sta ffing Assistance) Act 1973 and regulation 8B of the Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) (Superannuation) Regulations for persons dissatisfied with decisions taken under that Act or under the regulations as appropriate, to have the matter

reconsidered by the Commissioner for Superannuation.

No reconsideration requests were received during 1993-94. A request had been received the previous year, relating to the rejection of an application for a widow's pension under regulation 8B This case was finalised during 1993-94 The delegate's decision was set aside and the applicant became entitled to receive a widow7’s pension.

Ombudsman inquiries and representations by Members of Parliament

3.3 There w7 ere no inquires relating to Papua New Guinea superannuation matters received from the Ombudsman. No representations from Members of Parliament were made during 1993-94

Implementation of government initiatives

3.4 Details of the implementation of government initiatives on equal employment opportunity, industrial democracy and occupational health and safety issues within ComSuper are contained in the Commissioner fo r Superannuation Annual Report 1993-94.

Freedom of information and privacy

3.5 Matters associated with the administration of the Freedom o f Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988 are dealt with by the agency (ComSuper) and are reported on in detail in the Commissioner’s annual report. There were no requests for access to documents relating to the Papua New Guinea schemes received during the year.

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3.6 Inquiries relating to the disclosure of information in documentary form relating to the personal affairs of clients of the agency under the provisions of either the Freedom o f Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act 1988 should be directed to

The Freedom of Information Coordinator ComSuper Unit 1 Cameron Offices Belconnen ACT 2617

Postal Address : PO Box 22 Belconnen ACT 2616

Telephone : (06) 252 7911

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