Social Security (Definitions of Income Test 1, Income Test 2, Income Test 3, and Income Test 4) Order 2020

2020/14

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Social Security (Definitions of Income Test 1, Income Test 2, Income Test 3, and Income Test 4) Order 2020

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 24th day of February 2020

Present:
Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council

This order is made under section 452(1) and (2)(c) of the Social Security Act 2018 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Order

1 Title

This order is the Social Security (Definitions of Income Test 1, Income Test 2, Income Test 3, and Income Test 4) Order 2020.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force on 1 April 2020.

3 Schedule 2 of Social Security Act 2018 amended

(1)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 1, paragraph (a),—

(a)

replace “$100” with “$115”; and

(b)

replace “$200” with “$215”.

(2)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 1, paragraph (b), replace “$200” with “$215”.

(3)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 2, paragraph (a),—

(a)

replace “$100” with “$115”; and

(b)

replace “$200” with “$215”.

(4)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 2, paragraph (b), replace “$200” with “$215”.

(5)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 3, paragraph (a), replace “$100” with “$115”.

(6)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 3, paragraph (b), replace “$80” with “$90”.

(7)

In the Social Security Act 2018, Schedule 2, definition of Income Test 4, replace “$80” with “$90”.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 1 April 2020, is made under the Social Security Act 2018 (the Act). The order amends the definitions of Income Test 1, Income Test 2, Income Test 3, and Income Test 4 in Schedule 2 of the Act to increase the abatement threshold for main beneficiaries and non-qualified spouses and partners of superannuitants.

The abatement threshold is the level of income per week that a person receiving a main benefit or their spouse or partner can earn before the person’s benefit begins to reduce.

This order is a confirmable instrument, and an annual confirmable instrument, under section 47B of the Legislation Act 2012. It is revoked, or taken to have been invalid for past operation, at the close of 30 June 2021 unless earlier confirmed by an Act of Parliament. That stated time is the applicable deadline under section 47C(1)(a) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 27 February 2020.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.