Social Security (Effect of Absence of Beneficiary from New Zealand) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2016

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Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Social Security (Effect of Absence of Beneficiary from New Zealand) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2016

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 5th day of December 2016

Present:
Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council

These regulations are made under section 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 (Effect of Absence of Beneficiary from New Zealand) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2016.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 9 December 2016.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Social Security (Effect of Absence of Beneficiary from New Zealand) Regulations 2013 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 7 amended (Qualifying circumstances for discretionary payment of certain benefits in respect of absences of longer than 4 weeks in 52-week period)

(1)

In regulation 7(1), replace “and (4)” with “(4), and (5)”.

(2)

After regulation 7(4), insert:

(5)

The fourth circumstances are as follows:

Absence to attend approved disability forum

(a)

the beneficiary has a long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairment that, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder the beneficiary’s full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others; and

(b)

the absence from New Zealand must be for the purpose of attending a disability forum approved by the chief executive; and

(c)

the chief executive must, before approving a disability forum, be satisfied that the forum is—

(i)

a disability programme or event associated with the United Nations or an international disability organisation; or

(ii)

another type of programme or event that the beneficiary is attending to contribute a disability perspective; and

(d)

the total period of absence from New Zealand in respect of which a benefit is paid on the grounds that the beneficiary is attending an approved disability forum must not exceed 12 weeks in any 52-week period.

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 9 December 2016, amend the Social Security (Effect of Absence of Beneficiary from New Zealand) Regulations 2013 (the principal regulations). The amendment makes participation in certain overseas disability forums a permitted absence for people with disabilities who receive a benefit.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 8 December 2016.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.