Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

  • enacted

Certain obligations may be placed on beneficiaries and their spouses and partners

24 Section 60Q amended (Certain obligations may be placed on beneficiaries and their spouses and partners)
  • (1) Before section 60Q(1)(c) (as replaced on 15 October 2012 by section 40 of the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2012), insert:

    • (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.

    (2) After section 60Q(1) (as so replaced), insert:

    • (1A) This section also applies (despite subsection (1) 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).

    (3) In section 60Q(2) (as so replaced), after A person to whom this section applies, insert (other than a person to whom subsection (1)(bb) or (bc) applies).

    (4) In section 60Q(3) (as so replaced), after a person to whom this section applies, insert (including, without limitation, a person to whom subsection (1)(bb) or (bc) applies).

    (5) After section 60Q(3)(a) (as so replaced), insert:

    • (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:.