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Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (International Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2008

Schedule 1 Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

Part 1 International agreements

1  At the end of section 199

Add:

             ; and (f)  amounts for the purpose of giving effect to arrangements entered into under section 203 (Arrangements with Governments of other countries).

2  Application

Paragraph 199(f) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 applies to payment of amounts on or after the commencement of this Part for the purpose of giving effect to arrangements entered into under section 203 of that Act before, on or after that commencement.

3  Section 203

Omit “Governor-General”, substitute “Minister”.

4  Paragraph 203(a)

Omit “the same”.

5  Paragraph 203(a)

Omit “as are granted in that country to, or in relation to, persons who have been members of the Defence Force of the Commonwealth and have rendered operational service during such a war or in that operational area, as the case may be”.

6  Saving of arrangements made before this Part commences

The amendments of section 203 of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 made by this Part do not affect an arrangement entered into under that section before the commencement of this Part.



 

Part 2 Amounts excluded from income

7  After paragraph 5H(8)(haa)

Insert:

                 (hab)  a payment of an approved scholarship (within the meaning of subsection 8(1) of the Social Security Act 1991 ) awarded on or after 1 September 1990;

8  After paragraph 5H(8)(pab)

Insert:

                  (pac)  disability expenses maintenance;



 

Part 3 Rental income forgone

9  At the end of section 48

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a course of conduct consisting of the provision of short-term or long-term residential accommodation to a family member of the person for no payment or payment less than the market value of the provision of the accommodation.

Note:          For family member see subsection 5L(1).



 

Part 4 Assets disregarded for assets test

10  After paragraph 52(1)(oa)

Insert:

                   (ob)  the value of any native title rights and interests of the person, or of a community or group of which the person is a member;

11  At the end of subsection 52(1)

Add:

                   ; (q)  the amount (if any) that the person has retained from a payment made to the person by the Mark Fitzpatrick Trust.

12  After subsection 52(1D)

Insert:

Native title rights and interests

       (1DA)  In this section:

native title rights and interests means:

                     (a)  native title rights and interests within the meaning of section 223 of the Native Title Act 1993 ; or

                     (b)  any rights and interests of a similar nature under any law of a State, a Territory or a foreign country (whether or not the rights and interests relate to land or waters outside Australia);

but, to avoid any doubt, does not include any right or interest in a lease or licence, or in a freehold estate.



 

Part 5 Minor amendments

13  Section 5 (index of definitions)

Omit:

money that attracts interest

46G

14  Subsection 5N(1) (note 2 at the end of the definition of Government rent )

Omit “(4A)”, substitute “(4)”.

15  Section 5PA

Repeal the section.

16  Subsection 59LA(1) (definition of pension MBR factor )

Omit “worked out to 3 decimal places.”.

17  After subsection 59LA(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  A pension MBR factor worked out under subsection (1) is to be worked out to 3 decimal places. However:

                     (a)  if a pension MBR factor worked out under subsection (1) would, if it were worked out to 4 decimal places, end in a number that is greater than 4, the pension MBR factor is to be increased by 0.001; and

                     (b)  if a pension MBR factor worked out under subsection (1) or paragraph (a) of this subsection would be less than 1, the pension MBR factor is to be increased to 1.

18  At the end of section 115G

Add:

             (3)  This section has effect only for the purposes of working out the amount of a veteran’s invalidity service pension.

19  Subsection 118D(1) (note 1)

Repeal the note.

20  Subsection 118D(1) (note 2)

Omit “Note 2:”, substitute “Note:”.

21  Subsection 118K(6) (note)

Repeal the note.

22  Subsection 118M(1) (note)

Repeal the note.

23  Subpoint 118ZZA-5(1) (note)

Repeal the note.

24  Subsection 128A(3C)

Omit “first pension payday”, substitute “day”.



 

Part 6 Technical amendments, including amendments relating to legislative instruments

25  Subsection 5C(5)

Omit “declare in writing”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, declare”.

26  Subsection 5C(5) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

27  Subsection 5J(1F)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

28  Subsection 5J(1F) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

29  Subsection 5JA(1B)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

30  Subsection 5JA(1B) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

31  Subsection 5JA(6)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

32  Subsection 5JA(6) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

33  Subsection 5JB(1C)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

34  Subsection 5JB(1C) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

35  Subsection 5JB(5)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

36  Subsection 5JB(5) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

37  Subsection 5JBA(5) (definition of PF )

Omit “in writing by the Commission”, substitute “by the Commission under subsection (5A)”.

38  After subsection 5JBA(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  The Commission must, by legislative instrument, determine principles for the purposes of the definition of PF in subsection (5).

39  Subsection 5JBA(12)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

40  Subsection 5JBA(12) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

41  Subsection 5JBA(13)

Repeal the subsection.

Note:       The following heading to subsection 5JBA(14) is inserted “ Definitions ”.

42  Subsection 29(7)

Repeal the subsection.

43  Subsections 29(9) and (10)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

Legislative instruments

             (9)  Subsections (10) and (11) apply in relation to:

                     (a)  a document prepared by the Commission in accordance with subsection (1); or

                     (b)  an instrument under subsection (2);

that is approved by the Minister under subsection (3).

           (10)  The document or instrument is a legislative instrument made by the Minister on the day on which he or she approves it.

           (11)  Despite subsection 12(2) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 , the document or instrument may be expressed to take effect before the date it is registered under that Act.

44  Subsection 37AA(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Legislative instrument

             (3)  A determination under this section is a legislative instrument.

45  Subsection 45AA(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Legislative instrument

             (3)  A determination under this section is a legislative instrument.

46  Subsection 49M(3)

Omit “disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

47  Subsection 52B(3) (definition of pension valuation factor )

Omit “for the purposes of this section”, substitute “under subsection (4)”.

48  Subsection 52B(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  The Commission must, by legislative instrument, make a determination for the purposes of the definition of pension valuation factor in subsection (3).

49  Subsection 52ZC(4)

Omit “by the Minister for Social Security by determination in writing”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, by the Minister administering the Social Security Act”.

50  Subsection 52ZC(5)

Repeal the subsection.

51  Subsection 52ZQ(2)

Omit “writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

52  Subsection 52ZQ(4)

Repeal the subsection.

53  Subsection 52ZZA(2)

Omit “by writing, determine”, substitute “by legislative instrument, declare”.

54  Subsection 52ZZA(3)

Omit “determination”, substitute “declaration”.

55  Subsection 52ZZA(4)

Repeal the subsection.

56  Subsection 52ZZA(5)

Omit “writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

57  Subsection 52ZZA(7)

Repeal the subsection.

58  Subsection 52ZZB(4)

Omit “writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

59  Subsection 52ZZB(6)

Repeal the subsection.

60  Subsections 52ZZO(3), (4) and (5)

Omit “writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

61  Subsection 52ZZO(7)

Repeal the subsection.

62  Subsections 52ZZZO(3), (4) and (5)

Omit “writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

63  Subsection 52ZZZO(7)

Repeal the subsection.

64  Subsection 52ZZZQ(1)

Omit “(1)”.

65  Subsection 52ZZZQ(1)

Omit “writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

66  Subsection 52ZZZQ(2)

Repeal the subsection.

67  Subsection 53B(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Legislative instrument

             (3)  A determination under this section is a legislative instrument.

68  Subsection 88A(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Legislative instrument

             (3)  A determination under this section is a legislative instrument.

69  Subsections 90A(5) and (6)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (5)  An instrument determining or amending principles that is approved by the Minister under subsection (4) is a legislative instrument made by the Minister on the day on which he or she approves it.

             (6)  Section 12 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 has effect in relation to an instrument referred to in subsection (5) as if a reference in that section to the day when the instrument is registered were a reference to the day on which the Minister approves it.

70  Subsection 100(1) (note)

Omit “133”, substitute “113”.

Note:       This item fixes an incorrect cross-reference.

71  Subsection 115B(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  A scheme made by the Commission, or an instrument varying or revoking such a scheme, that has been approved by the Minister under subsection (3) is a legislative instrument made by the Minister on the day on which he or she approves it.

72  Subsection 116A(1)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

73  Subsection 116A(2)

Omit “written determination”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

74  Subsection 116A(3)

Repeal the subsection.

75  Subsection 118(2)

Omit “determines in writing”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, determines”.

76  Subsection 118(3)

Repeal the subsection.

77  Subsection 122B(5) (second sentence)

Repeal the sentence.

78  Subsection 122B(6)

Omit “disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

79  Subsection 132(12)

Omit “section,”, substitute “section”.

80  Subsections 180A(2) and (3)

Omit “in writing”, substitute “by legislative instrument”.

81  Subsection 180A(4)

Repeal the subsection.

82  Paragraph 196B(8)(c)

Omit “revoke”, substitute “make a determination revoking”.

83  Subsection 196B(13)

Omit “A determination under subsection (10)”, substitute “Despite section 12 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 , a determination under subsection (10) of this section”.

84  After subsection 196B(13)

Insert:

        (13A)  A determination under this section:

                     (a)  must be in writing; and

                     (b)  is a legislative instrument.

85  Section 196D

Repeal the section.

86  Saving of determinations

Definitions

(1)       In this item:

amended VEA means the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 as in force immediately after the commencement time.

commencement time means the time when this item commences.

unamended VEA means the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 as in force before the commencement time.

Determinations under subsection 5JBA(5)

(2)       A determination that:

                     (a)  was made under the definition of PF in subsection 5JBA(5) of the unamended VEA; and

                     (b)  was in force immediately before the commencement time;

has effect at and after that time as if it had been made under subsection 5JBA(5A) of the amended VEA.

Determinations under subsection 52B(3)

(3)       A determination that:

                     (a)  was made under the definition of pension valuation factor in subsection 52B(3) of the unamended VEA; and

                     (b)  was in force immediately before the commencement time;

has effect at and after that time as if it had been made under subsection 52B(4) of the amended VEA.

Determinations under subsection 52ZZA(2)

(4)       A determination that:

                     (a)  was made under subsection 52ZZA(2) of the unamended VEA; and

                     (b)  determined that each company included in a specified class of companies is a declared private company for the purposes of section 52ZZA of the unamended VEA; and

                     (c)  was in force immediately before the commencement time;

has effect at and after that time as if it declared that each company included in the specified class is a declared private company for the purposes of section 52ZZA of the amended VEA.