Social Security Amendment Act 2012

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Social Security Amendment Act 2012

Public Act2012 No 18
Date of assent24 February 2012
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1  Title
  • This Act is the Social Security Amendment Act 2012.

2  Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3  Principal Act amended
4  Persons unlawfully resident or present in New Zealand
  • Section 74A(1A) (as substituted by section 406(1) and Schedule 3 of the Immigration Act 2009) is repealed and the following subsections are substituted:

    • (1A) Despite subsection (1), the chief executive may take either or both of the actions specified in subsection (1B) if the chief executive is satisfied that the person is—

      • (a) a person lawfully present in New Zealand who is awaiting the outcome of his or her claim for recognition as a refugee or a protected person; or

      • (b) a person who is recognised as a refugee or a protected person; or

      • (c) a person applying for a residence class visa under the Immigration Act 2009 who is compelled to remain in New Zealand because of unforeseen circumstances.

    • (1B) The actions referred to in subsection (1A) are—

      • (a) grant the person an emergency benefit under section 61:

      • (b) grant the person temporary additional support under section 61G or, as the case requires, continue, under section 23 of the Social Security (Working for Families) Amendment Act 2004, a special benefit already granted to the person.

Legislative history

16 February 2012Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 2) (Bill 271–2) and third reading
24 February 2012Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.