Social Security Act 1964

  • repealed
  • Social Security Act 1964: repealed, on 26 November 2018, by section 455(1) of the Social Security Act 2018 (2018 No 32).
60Q Certain obligations may be placed on beneficiaries and their spouses and partners

(1)

This section applies to every person (other than a person who is a work-tested beneficiary or is for the time being exempted under section 105) who—

(a)

is the recipient of a benefit under section 20D (sole parent support) and has a youngest dependent child under the age of 3 years; or

(b)
[Repealed]

(ba)

is a sole parent with a dependent child under the age of 1 year, and is a recipient of a benefit under section 88B (jobseeker support) instead of a benefit under section 20D (sole parent support) solely because that child is an additional dependent child (within the meaning of section 60GAE(1)); or

(bb)

is the recipient of a benefit under section 40B (supported living payment on the ground of sickness, injury, disability, or total blindness) if the chief executive is satisfied that the person has the capacity to comply with obligations under subsection (3); or

(bc)

is the recipient of a benefit under section 40D (supported living payment on the ground of caring for patient requiring care) if the chief executive is satisfied that the person has the capacity to comply with requirements under subsection (3); or

(c)

is the spouse or partner of a person who—

(i)

is the recipient of an emergency benefit, a supported living payment, or jobseeker support; and

(ii)

has a youngest dependent child aged under 3 years.

(1A)

This section also applies (despite subsection (1)) to a person who—

(a)

is a work-tested beneficiary (other than one to whom subsection (1)(ba) applies); and

(b)

has been granted under section 88I a deferral of the person’s work test obligations.

(1B)

The chief executive may require a recipient of a benefit under section 40B or 40D to attend and participate in an interview with an officer of the department, or other person on behalf of the chief executive, for the purpose of helping the chief executive to determine under subsection (1)(bb) or (bc) whether the recipient has the capacity to comply with obligations under subsection (3).

(2)

A person to whom this section applies (other than a person to whom subsection (1)(bb) or (bc) applies) has a general obligation to take all steps that are reasonably practicable in his or her particular circumstances to prepare for employment and (in particular) an obligation to comply with any requirement under subsection (3).

(3)

The chief executive may, from time to time, require a person to whom this section applies (including, without limitation, a person to whom subsection (1)(bb) or (bc) applies)

(a)

to undertake planning for employment:

(aa)

to attend and participate in an interview (other than one for the purpose specified in subsection (1B)) with an officer of the department or other person on behalf of the chief executive:

(ab)

to report to the department or to any other person acting on behalf of the chief executive on the person’s compliance with the person’s obligations under this section as often as, and in the manner that, the chief executive reasonably requires:

(b)

to participate in or undertake (as the case requires) any of the following activities specified by the chief executive that the chief executive considers suitable to improve his or her work-readiness or prospects for employment:

(i)

a work assessment:

(ii)

a programme or seminar to increase particular skills or enhance motivation:

(iii)

a work-experience or work-exploration activity:

(iv)

employment-related training:

(v)

an education programme:

(vi)

any other activity (including rehabilitation) other than medical treatment, voluntary work, or activity in the community.

Section 60Q: replaced, on 15 October 2012, by section 40 of the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 50).

Section 60Q(1)(a): amended, on 1 April 2016, by section 7(1) of the Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (2015 No 116).

Section 60Q(1)(a): amended, on 15 July 2013, by section 72(1) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(b): repealed, on 15 July 2013, by section 72(2) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(ba): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(1) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(bb): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(1) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(bc): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(1) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(c)(i): amended, on 15 July 2013, by section 96(1)(g) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(c)(i): amended, on 15 July 2013, by section 113(2)(b) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(c)(i): amended, on 15 July 2013, by section 128(1)(f) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1)(c)(ii): amended, on 1 April 2016, by section 7(2) of the Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2015 (2015 No 116).

Section 60Q(1A): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(2) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(1B): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(2) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(2): amended, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(3) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(3): amended, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(4) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(3)(aa): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(5) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).

Section 60Q(3)(ab): inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 25(5) of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).