This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
The purpose of these regulations is to address the adverse effects of section 77 of the Social Security Act 1964 on beneficiaries as a consequence of the amendments in section 4(2) to (4) of the Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (the Amendment Act) to the meanings of part-time work-tested beneficiary, work-tested sole parent support beneficiary, and work-tested spouse or partner (which replace references to a youngest dependent child aged 5 with references to a youngest dependent child aged 3).
The principal regulations are amended to ensure that a beneficiary who booked travel from New Zealand before the commencement of the Amendment Act on 1 April 2016, and commences that travel before 1 April 2017, will be able to continue to receive a benefit while absent on that travel for up to 4 weeks in total during a 52-week period in any case where the beneficiary—
has a youngest dependent child aged 3 or over, but under 5 years; or
is a work-tested beneficiary receiving sole parent support or a work-tested spouse or partner who, on the date the travel was booked, was undertaking part-time employment to meet his or her work obligations and since that date has continued to meet those obligations.
Date of notification in Gazette: 10 March 2016.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.