Social Security Act 1964

  • repealed
  • Social Security Act 1964: repealed, on 26 November 2018, by section 455(1) of the Social Security Act 2018 (2018 No 32).
88E Jobseeker support: on ground of sickness, injury, or disability: medical examination

(1)

A person making an application for jobseeker support on the ground of sickness, injury, or disability (the applicant) must include in the application a certificate that complies with subsections (2) and (3).

(2)

A certificate complies with this subsection only if it is given—

(a)

by a medical practitioner in respect of any condition; or

(b)

by a dentist in respect of a condition that is within the ambit of his or her profession; or

(c)

by a midwife in respect of a pregnancy, childbirth, or any related condition that is within the ambit of his or her profession; or

(d)

by a health practitioner of a kind specified for the purposes of this paragraph in regulations made under section 132 and in respect of a condition within the ambit of his or her scope of practice.

(3)

A certificate complies with this subsection only if it—

(a)

certifies that the applicant’s capacity for work is affected by sickness, injury, or disability; and

(b)

indicates the nature of the sickness, injury, or disability concerned, the extent to which the applicant’s capacity for work is affected by it, and the length of time that effect is likely to last; and

(c)

contains any other particulars the chief executive may under this paragraph require.

(4)

The chief executive may at any time require the applicant or a jobseeker support beneficiary to submit himself or herself for examination by a medical practitioner or psychologist. The medical practitioner or psychologist must be agreed for the purpose between the applicant or beneficiary and the chief executive or, failing agreement, must be nominated by the chief executive.

(5)

The medical practitioner or psychologist must prepare, and must send the chief executive a copy of, a report that indicates—

(a)

whether the applicant’s or beneficiary’s capacity for work is affected by sickness, injury, or disability; and

(b)

the extent to which the applicant’s or beneficiary’s capacity for work is affected by the sickness, injury, or disability concerned; and

(c)

whether, and if so, for how long, that capacity is likely to continue to be affected by the sickness, injury, or disability concerned.

Section 88E: inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 43 of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).