This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 27 September 2010, amend the Social Security (Exemptions under Section 105) Regulations 1998 (the principal regulations).
The amendments provide for a number of new work test exemptions for groups of beneficiaries who will now become subject to work test obligations as a result of the enactment of the Social Security (New Work Tests, Incentives, and Obligations) Amendment Act 2010. For example, the work test obligations under the Social Security Act 1964 do not currently apply to sole parents receiving the domestic purpose benefit. With the enactment of the Social Security (New Work Tests, Incentives, and Obligations) Amendment Act 2010, however, sole parents receiving the domestic purposes benefit whose youngest child is aged 6 years or older will be required, on and after 27 September 2010, to look for, and accept, suitable part-time employment. The amendments insert into the principal regulations the limited number of circumstances under which those sole parents may be exempted from the work test obligations under the Social Security Act 1964. Those circumstances include, for example, caring for a child with special needs.
The amendments also provide for a new work test exemption for all work-tested beneficiaries. The exemption applies to a work-tested beneficiary who has had a recent change in his or her living circumstances because of family violence and who needs time to adjust to the change. In this context, family violence includes, but is not limited to, domestic violence within the meaning of the Domestic Violence Act 1995.
The amendments include a number of modifications to existing work test exemptions under the principal regulations.
Date of notification in Gazette: 26 August 2010.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.