Social Security (Exemptions under Section 105) Amendment Regulations 2016

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Social Security (Exemptions under Section 105) Amendment Regulations 2016

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of March 2016

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

These regulations are made under sections 123D and 132 of the Social Security Act 1964 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Social Security (Exemptions under Section 105) Amendment Regulations 2016.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 1 April 2016.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Social Security (Exemptions under Section 105) Regulations 1998 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 5 amended (Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested spouses or partners)

In regulation 5(2)(d)(i), replace “5 years” with “3 years”.

5 Regulation 6 amended (Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested sole parents receiving jobseeker support)

In regulation 6(2)(d)(i), replace “5 years” with “3 years”.

6 Regulation 7 amended (Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested sole parent support beneficiaries)

In regulation 7(2)(c)(i), replace “5 years” with “3 years”.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 1 April 2016, amend the Social Security (Exemptions under Section 105) Regulations 1998 (the principal regulations).

Regulations 5, 6, and 7 of the principal regulations specify the grounds on which certain categories of persons may apply to the chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development for an exemption from work test obligations. One of the specified grounds in each of regulations 5, 6, and 7 is that the person has primary responsibility for the day-to-day care of a child who is aged less than 5 years and not a dependent child of the person (for example, a person who is the principal caregiver of a foster child).

Regulations 5, 6, and 7 of the principal regulations are amended so that on and after 1 April 2016 this specified ground is limited to a person having the primary responsibility for the day-to-day care of a child who is aged less than 3 years and not a dependent child of the person.

These amendments ensure alignment with the parallel exemption provisions in the Social Security Act 1964, as amended by the Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2015, that apply to a person who has primary responsibility for the day-to-day care of a dependent child.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 10 March 2016.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.