Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013

  • repealed
  • Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013: repealed, on 26 November 2018, pursuant to section 455(1) of the Social Security Act 2018 (2018 No 32).

Preferred suppliers of goods or services for beneficiaries or others

54 New section 125AA and cross-heading inserted

After section 124, insert:

Preferred suppliers of goods or services for beneficiaries or others

125AA Preferred supply of goods or services for beneficiaries or others

(1)

The Minister may from time to time, by written direction, determine the goods or services, or classes, descriptions, or kinds of goods or services, contracts for the supply of which may be entered into under subsection (3) (specified goods or services).

(2)

A determination under subsection (1) must be in respect of goods or services, or classes, descriptions, or kinds of goods or services, for all or any of the following (and for no other) purposes:

(a)

to meet additional expenses arising from a disability by way of a disability allowance, under section 69C(7B):

(b)

to satisfy the immediate needs of a beneficiary by way of an advance payment of a benefit under section 82(6) and (6A):

(c)

for supply of goods or services to a beneficiary by way of a redirection of some of the beneficiary’s benefit payments, under section 82(6G):

(d)

to meet particular needs of a person by way of special assistance under a welfare programme under section 124(1)(d), under section 124(1BB).

(3)

The chief executive may from time to time, on behalf of the Crown, enter into a contract with any person, body, or organisation (a preferred supplier) for the supply of specified goods or services (as defined in subsection (1))—

(a)

by the preferred supplier; and

(b)

for purchase by beneficiaries, other persons identified by the department, or both.

(4)

Goods or services, in this section and in sections 69C(7B), 82(6AB) and (6G), and 124(1BB), includes goods and services.

(5)

The Minister may, from time to time, give to the chief executive under section 5 general or special directions setting out transitional or savings provisions that apply—

(a)

to persons receiving assistance under this Act in respect of goods or services that would be affected by a contract with a preferred supplier in respect of those goods or services; and

(b)

at, or within a specified period after, the time or times when a contract under subsection (3) (including, without limitation, one that varies or replaces all or any of an earlier contract of that kind) takes effect.

(6)

Directions under subsection (5)—

(a)

override sections 69C(7A) to (7D), 82(6) to (6AB), 82(6F) and (6G), and 124(1BA) to (1BC); and

(b)

must, in accordance with section 5(1), be complied with by the chief executive.