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  • repealed
  • Social Security Act 1964: repealed, on 26 November 2018, by section 455(1) of the Social Security Act 2018 (2018 No 32).
40K Supported living payment: on ground of sickness, injury, or disability: encouraging open employment


The purpose of this section is to encourage specified recipients of a supported living payment to undertake open employment in order to establish whether they can sustain that employment and cease receiving that benefit.


This section applies to a person who—


is receiving a supported living payment granted on the ground of permanent and severe restriction of capacity for work; but


is with the chief executive’s agreement undertaking open employment for a period agreed with the chief executive in order to establish whether the person can sustain open employment.


The period of open employment agreed with the chief executive under subsection (2)(b) must not exceed 26 weeks (even if that employment is, or is expected to be, for a period that is longer than the agreed period).


A person to whom subsection (2) applies does not lose his or her entitlement to a supported living payment by reason only of working 15 or more hours a week in open employment during the agreed period.

Section 40K: inserted, on 15 July 2013, by section 20 of the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 13).