Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2012

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Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2012

Public Act2012 No 114
Date of assent11 December 2012
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 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 Interpretation
  • Paragraph (a) of the definition of work-test married rate in section 3(1) is repealed and the following paragraph substituted:

    • (a) means, in relation to an unemployment benefit or a sickness benefit, a rate in Schedule 9 that is payable to a person who is married or in a civil union or in a de facto relationship, other than a rate payable if the person's spouse or partner is entitled to a benefit in his or her own right:.

5 Procedure for imposing sanctions
  • Section 113(2) is amended by repealing paragraphs (d) and (e) and substituting the following paragraphs:

    • (d) specifying a date on which the reduction, suspension, or cancellation is to take effect, and, in the case of a reduction or suspension, the nature and duration of the reduction or suspension; and

    • (e) stating that the beneficiary has 5 working days from the giving of the notice to dispute the reduction, suspension, or cancellation; and.

6 Repeals and savings
  • Section 135(5) is repealed and the following subsection substituted:

    • (5) If a sickness benefit was in force on 13 September 1961 (the date of the passing of the Social Security Amendment Act 1961), and is in force at 1 April 1965 (the date of the commencement of this Act),—

      • (a) nothing in section 55(1) or 66 or Schedule 9 or 10 applies with respect to it; and

      • (b) it may be continued as if this Act, and section 6 of the Social Security Amendment Act 1961, had not been passed.

7 Schedule 18 amended
  • Paragraph (da) of the definition of base rate in clause 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 18 is amended by omitting in not and substituting is not.


Legislative history

5 December 2012Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3) (Bill 349–2) by committee of the whole House, third reading
11 December 2012Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.