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SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (JOB SEEKER COMPLIANCE) BILL 2011

2010-2011
The Parliament of the
Commonwealth of Australia
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Presented and read a first time
Social Security Legislation Amendment
(Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011
No. , 2011
(Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)
A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security
(Administration) Act 1999, and for related purposes
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Contents
1 Short
title
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2 Commencement
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3 Schedule(s)
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Schedule 1--Amendments
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Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
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Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011 No. , 2011
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A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security
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(Administration) Act 1999, and for related purposes
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The Parliament of Australia enacts:
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1 Short title
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This Act may be cited as the Social Security Legislation
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Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Act 2011.
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2 Commencement
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(1) Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table
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commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with
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column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect
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according to its terms.
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Commencement information
Column 1
Column 2
Column 3
Provision(s) Commencement
Date/Details
1. Sections 1 to 3
and anything in
this Act not
elsewhere covered
by this table
The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.
2. Schedule 1
The later of:
(a) the day after this Act receives the Royal
Assent; and
(b) 1 July 2011.
Note:
This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally
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enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of
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this Act.
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(2) Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act.
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Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it
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may be edited, in any published version of this Act.
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3 Schedule(s)
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Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or
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repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule
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concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect
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according to its terms.
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Schedule 1--Amendments
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Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
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1 At the end of section 42A
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Add:
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The Secretary may also determine that a participation payment
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is not payable to a person for a period because of certain
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failures. However, once that period ends, the person may be
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able to receive back pay.
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2 At the end of subsection 42C(4) (before the note)
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Add:
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; or (c) the day is in a reconnection failure period for the person.
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3 Subsection 42C(4) (at the end of the note)
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Add "For the purposes of paragraph (4)(a), see also section 42UA
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(about prior notification of excuses).".
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4 Paragraph 42E(2)(a)
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Omit ", and the notice did not inform the person of the effect of
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section 64".
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5 Subsection 42E(4) (at the end of the note)
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Add "For the purposes of paragraph (4)(a), see also section 42UA
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(about prior notification of excuses).".
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6 Section 42G
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Repeal the section, substitute:
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42G Reconnection requirements
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If:
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(a) the Secretary determines that a person commits a connection
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failure; or
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(b) a person fails to participate, on a day, in an activity that the
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person is required to undertake by an employment pathway
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plan that is in force in relation to the person; or
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(c) a person fails to attend an appointment that the person is
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required to attend by an employment pathway plan that is in
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force in relation to the person; or
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(d) a person fails to comply with a requirement that was notified
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to the person under subsection 63(2) or (4);
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then:
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(e) if, in relation to a failure referred to in paragraph (b) or (c),
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the Secretary determines, under subsection 42SA(1), that a
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participation payment is not payable to the person--the
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Secretary must require the person to comply with a
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requirement (the reconnection requirement); or
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(f) in any other case--the Secretary may require the person to
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comply with a requirement (the reconnection requirement).
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Note:
The Secretary must notify the person of the effect of not complying
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with the reconnection requirement (see section 42K).
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7 Subsection 42H(3) (at the end of the note)
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Add "For the purposes of subsection (3), see also section 42UA (about
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prior notification of excuses).".
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8 Subsection 42H(5)
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Omit ", provided that the penalty amount may not be deducted until at
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least the instalment after the first instalment made following notification
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to the person of the reconnection failure".
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9 Paragraph 42J(1)(a)
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Omit "commits a reconnection failure", substitute "fails to comply with
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a reconnection requirement imposed on the person".
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10 Subsection 42J(2)
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Omit "paragraph (1)(b)", substitute "subsection (1)".
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11 Subsection 42J(2)
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After "comply with the", insert "reconnection requirement or".
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12 Subsection 42K(1)
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Repeal the subsection, substitute:
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(1) The Secretary must notify the person that a failure to comply with
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a reconnection requirement or a further reconnection requirement
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imposed on the person might result in either or both of the
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following:
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(a) a penalty amount being deducted from the person's
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participation payment;
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(b) the person's participation payment not being payable to the
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person for a period.
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13 Subsection 42K(2)
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Omit "the day".
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14 After Subdivision E of Division 3A of Part 3
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Insert:
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Subdivision EA--Immediate non-payment of participation
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payments for certain failures
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42SA Immediate non-payment of participation payments for certain
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failures
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(1) The Secretary may determine that a participation payment is not
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payable to a person if:
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(a) the person fails to participate, on a day, in an activity that the
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person is required to undertake by an employment pathway
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plan that is in force in relation to the person; or
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(b) the person fails to attend an appointment that the person is
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required to attend by an employment pathway plan that is in
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force in relation to the person; or
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(c) the person fails to comply with a reconnection requirement or
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a further reconnection requirement.
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Note 1:
If paragraph (1)(a) or (b) applies, a reconnection requirement must be
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imposed for that failure (see section 42G).
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Note 2:
The participation payment may not be payable to the person if the
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person fails to comply with a notice under section 63: see section 64.
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(2) The participation payment is not payable to the person for the
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period beginning on the day the person first commits the failure
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and ending at the end of:
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(a) the day before the day on which the person notifies the
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Secretary that the person intends to comply with:
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(i) for a failure referred to in paragraph (1)(a) or (b)--the
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reconnection requirement imposed on the person under
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paragraph 42G(e) because of that failure; or
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(ii) for a failure referred to in paragraph (1)(c)--the
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reconnection requirement or the further reconnection
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requirement referred to in that paragraph; or
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(b) if the Secretary determines that an earlier day is more
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appropriate than the day that would otherwise apply under
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paragraph (a)--that earlier day.
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(3) If a period ends under subsection (2) in relation to a person, then,
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subject to the social security law, the participation payment
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becomes payable to the person for that period.
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15 After section 42U
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Insert:
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42UA Prior notification of excuse
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(1) This section applies in relation to the following failures of a
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person:
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(a) a failure to participate, on a day, in an activity that the person
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is required to undertake by an employment pathway plan that
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is in force in relation to the person;
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(b) a failure to comply with a serious failure requirement
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imposed on the person, where the requirement was to
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undertake an activity on a day or to attend an appointment, or
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contact a person, at a particular time;
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(c) a failure to comply with a requirement notified to the person
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under subsection 63(2), where the requirement was to attend
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an office of the Department, to contact the Department or to
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attend a particular place for a particular purpose;
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(d) a failure to attend an appointment that the person is required
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to attend by an employment pathway plan that is in force in
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relation to the person;
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(e) a failure to comply with a reconnection requirement or a
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further reconnection requirement, where the requirement was
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to undertake an activity on a day or to attend an appointment,
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or contact a person, at a particular time.
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(2) For the purposes of subparagraph 42C(4)(a)(ii), paragraph
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42E(4)(a) or subsection 42H(3), in deciding whether the person has
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a reasonable excuse for the failure, the following table has effect:
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Prior notification of excuse
For this failure:
An excuse cannot be a reasonable excuse unless:
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A failure referred to in
paragraph (1)(a) or (d)
(a) before the start of the activity on the day
concerned or before the time of the
appointment, the person notified the excuse to
the person or body specified in the employment
pathway plan as the person or body to whom
prior notice should be given if the person is
unable to undertake the activity or attend the
appointment; or
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that there were special
circumstances in which it was not reasonable to
expect the person to give the notification
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A failure referred to in
paragraph (1)(b) or (e)
(a) before the start of the activity on the day
concerned or before the time of the appointment
or contact, the person notified the excuse to the
person or body notified by the Secretary as the
person or body to whom prior notice should be
given if the person is unable to undertake the
activity, attend the appointment or make the
contact; or
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that there were special
circumstances in which it was not reasonable to
expect the person to give the notification
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Prior notification of excuse
For this failure:
An excuse cannot be a reasonable excuse unless:
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A failure referred to in
paragraph (1)(c)
(a) before the end of the time specified under
subsection 63(2), the person notified the excuse
to the person or body notified by the Secretary
as the person or body to whom prior notice
should be given if the person is unable to attend
the office, contact the Department or attend the
place; or
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that there were special
circumstances in which it was not reasonable to
expect the person to give the notification
Note:
Despite subsection (2), the Secretary may decide for other reasons that
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the excuse is not a reasonable excuse.
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16 After section 42Y
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Insert:
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42YA Relationship between Subdivisions of this Division
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No Subdivision of this Division limits any other Subdivision of this
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Division.
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17 Subdivision G of Division 3A of Part 3
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Repeal the Subdivision.
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18 Subsection 63(7) (note)
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Repeal the note.
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19 Paragraph 64(1)(e)
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Before "the Secretary", insert "except if the person is receiving, or has
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made a claim for, a participation payment--".
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20 Application
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(1)
The amendments made by items 2 and 8 apply in relation to
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determinations made on or after the commencement of those items.
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(2)
The amendment made by item 4 applies in relation to notifications
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made on or after the commencement of that item.
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(3)
A requirement imposed under section 42G of the Social Security
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(Administration) Act 1999 before the commencement of this item has
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effect, on and after that commencement, as if it had been imposed under
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section 42G of that Act as amended by this Act.
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(4)
Paragraphs 42G(b), (c) and (d) of the Social Security (Administration)
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Act 1999, as amended by this Act, apply in relation to failures that are
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first committed on or after the commencement of this item (whether the
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requirements arose before, on or after that commencement).
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(5)
The amendments made by items 9, 14, 15 and 19 apply in relation to
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failures that are first committed on or after the commencement of those
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items (whether the requirements arose before, on or after that
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commencement).
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(6)
The amendments made by items 12 and 13 apply in relation to
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requirements imposed under section 42G or 42J of the Social Security
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(Administration) Act 1999 on or after the commencement of those
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items.
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