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Part 1—Preliminary

Part 1 Preliminary


1   Short title

                   This Act is the Social Security Commission Act 2018 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.


Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3




1.  Sections 1 and 2 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.


2.  Sections 3 to 47

The day on which the Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated under an Act to the Department in which this Act is administered for payment to the Social Security Commission.


Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

3   Principal Object

                   The principal object of this Act is to provide the Parliament with independent advice on the minimum levels for social security payments, such that all recipients can meet an accepted contemporary minimum standard of living.

4   Definitions

                   In this Act:

Commission means the Social Security Commission established by section 7.

Commissioner means a Commissioner of the Commission appointed under section 22.

General Manager means the General Manager of the Commission appointed under section 34.

member means the President or a Commissioner.

paid work means work for financial gain or reward (whether as an employee, a self-employed person or otherwise).

President means the President of the Commission appointed under section 22.

social security payment has the same meaning as in the Social Security Act 1991 .

social security payment review : see subsection 11(2).

staff of the Commission means the staff referred to in section 42.

5   Crown to be bound

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

6   Extension to external Territories

                   This Act extends to every external Territory.