Accident Compensation Act 2001

281 Disclosure of information by Corporation for benefit and benefit debt recovery purposes

(1)

In this section, unless the context otherwise requires, benefit has the same meaning as in section 3(1) of the Social Security Act 1964; and includes—

(a)

a lump sum payable under any of sections 61DB, 61DC, and 61DD of that Act:

(b)

any special assistance granted out of a Crown Bank Account from money appropriated by Parliament under section 124(1)(d) or (da) of that Act.

(c)

an allowance established by regulations made under section 303 of the Education Act 1989.

(2)

The purpose of this section is to facilitate the disclosure of information by the Corporation to the department for the time being responsible for the administration of the Social Security Act 1964 for all or any of the following purposes:

(a)

to verify the entitlement or eligibility of any person to or for any benefit:

(b)

to verify the amount of any benefit to which a person is or was entitled or for which a person is or was eligible:

(c)

to enable the recovery of any debt due to the Crown in respect of any benefit.

(3)

For the purpose of this section, the chief executive of the department for the time being responsible for the administration of the Social Security Act 1964 may from time to time, in accordance with arrangements made from time to time between that chief executive and the Corporation, request the Corporation to supply, in respect of persons who are receiving compensation based on weekly earnings,—

(a)

such biographical information as is sufficient to identify those persons, including their addresses; and

(b)

such details of the entitlement of those persons to receive compensation based on weekly earnings as are necessary for the purposes of this section.

(4)

On receipt of a request made under subsection (3), the Corporation may supply the information requested to any officer or employee or agent of the chief executive of the department for the time being responsible for the administration of the Social Security Act 1964 who is authorised in that behalf by that chief executive.

(5)

Information supplied under a request made under subsection (3) may be supplied in such form as is determined by agreement between the Corporation and the chief executive of the department for the time being responsible for the administration of the Social Security Act 1964.

Compare: 1998 No 114 s 354

Section 281 heading: amended, on 9 April 2008, by section 5(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Social Assistance) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 26).

Section 281(1)(b): amended, on 25 January 2005, pursuant to section 65R(3) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

Section 281(1)(c): added, on 1 July 2005, by section 46 of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Act (No 2) 2005 (2005 No 45).

Section 281(2): substituted, on 9 April 2008, by section 5(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Social Assistance) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 26).