Guide to Social Security Law Updates - 2003

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1490G # Date 1 December 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.C.210 Commonwealth Training Award Rate (YA) Added current rate.
1.1.F.210 Full year course (YA, Austudy, SpB, PES) Updated definition.
1.1.L.30 Late starting course (YA, Austudy, PES) Updated definition.
1.1.L.100 Long term income support student (YA, Austudy) Updated definition.
1.1.L.110 Long term medical condition (DSP, SA) Clarified that long term medical condition generally means one that will last for more than two years.
1.1.S.160 Short course (YA, Austudy, PES) Updated definition.
1.1.S.345 Statement reporter Corrected typographical error
2.2.5.10 Verifying a Marriage-Like Relationship (De Facto Marriage) Updated to more consistently reflect the five identified factors.
3.1.11.30 Working Credit Depletion Updated example 1.
3.2.13.70 Participation Support - Exemptions & Deferments (NSA 50+) Added the activity type 'DSP pending' as a NSA activity test exemption.
3.6.1.20 Qualification for DSP during Employment Clarified qualification for DSP while on a CETP program.
3.6.1.100 Continuation, Variation or Termination of DSP Updated policy.
3.6.6.100 Termination of MOB Clarified period of grace when exemption from activity test received by customers who were qualified for MOB because they were on NSA/YA and required to satisfy the activity test..
3.8.1.55 Date of Effect & Arrears of RA Updated policy in relation to customers making statement in respect of a given period.
3.8.2.10 Qualification for PhA Clarified Australian resident requirement for SpB payment.
3.9.1.45 Foster Care HCC Clarified policy.
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Clarified dependents.
4.2.8.10 Dependent YA - Parental Income Test & Limits Updated policy in relation to components of parental income.
4.2.9.30 Family Actual Means Test - Amounts not included in Family Actual Means Test Updated policy in relation to dependent children's employment income.
4.3.6.30 Holocaust Restitution Payments - Germany & Austria Clarified treatment of compensation to victims of National Socialist (Nazi) persecution and other persecution such as from the Japanese.
4.3.6.40 Restitution Payments - Netherlands Clarified treatment of restitution payments to victims of National Socialist (Nazi) persecution and other persecution such as from the Japanese.
4.3.9.60 Income from Private Companies & Trusts Updated policy.
4.7.1.70 Assessment of Assets for Sole Traders Updated policy references for assessment of assets for sole traders.
4.7.3.70 Assessable Income & Assets from Statutory Trusts Added details regarding court-ordered (statutory) trusts and emphasised that pre 01/01/2002 rules are still relevant.
4.12.8.10 Reassessments of a Controlled Private Trust or Controlled Private Company Amended to reflect that only CAOs can reassess controlled private trusts or companies.
4.12.9.10 Resignations from a Controlled Private Trust or Controlled Private Company On or After 1 January 2002 Clarified meant by creating a separate deed to renounce the beneficial interest.
4.13.1.20 Compensation Assessed as Ordinary Income Clarified treatment of compensation to victims of National Socialist (Nazi) persecution.
6.1.2.50 Reviews - Business, Traders & Partnerships Updated policy, .
6.1.2.55 Reviews - Business - Private Trusts & Private Companies Added new topic.
8.1.5 Claims from Customers with Possible Entitlement to a CFP Updated to reflect that from 20 September 2000 the requirement to claim CFP was extended to non-agreement countries.
9.2.2 Visa Subclasses 100-149 Payment Eligibility - Visa subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) Corrected assurance of support information.
9.2.5 Visa Subclasses 300-399 Payment Eligibility Included policy in relation to eligibility for FTB and CCB for visa subclasses 309 and 310.
9.2.6 Visa Subclasses 400-449 Payment Eligibility Included policy in relation to eligibility for FTB and CCB for visa subclass 447.
9.2.7 Visa Subclasses 450-499 Payment Eligibility Included policy in relation to eligibility for FTB and CCB for visa subclass 451.
9.2.10 Visa Subclasses 700-799 Payment Eligibility Included policy in relation to eligibility for FTB and CCB for visa subclass 785 and 786.
9.2.11 Visa Subclasses 800-849 Payment Eligibility Included policy in relation to eligibility for FTB and CCB for visa subclass 820 and 826.
10.12.100 Cyprus Glossary Added term 'Australian widowed person allowance'.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1489G # Date 3 November 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.190 Approved activities (NSA, YA) Updated policy is relation to the activity test.
2.2.1.20 Classifying POI Documents Updated policy in relation to additional requirements.
3.2.1.35 Move to Area of Lower Employment Prospects for NSA Recipients Added a timeframe for established residence of a family member.
3.2.3.35 Move to Area of Lower Employment Prospects for YA Recipients Added a timeframe for established residence of a family member.
3.2.7 NSA/YA Activity Testing Updated chapter in relation to the activity test, exemptions and labour market programs.
3.2.7.20 What is a Preparing for Work Agreement? Included information relating to a person's capacity and specific needs.
3.2.7.30 When are Preparing for Work Agreements Required? Included information relating to preparing for work agreements and activity test exemptions.
3.2.7.40 Guidelines for Negotiating Preparing for Work Agreements Included information relating to complying with a preparing for work agreement.
3.8.2.10 Qualification for PhA Updated rules for applying breach penalties and moving to an area of lower employment prospects exclusion.
3.8.10.80 Activity Test & Breach Penalties for CPS Recipients Updated policy
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Clarified income assessment process for LIC renewals.
4.3.2.35 Other Income Exempt fro Assessment - Section 8(11) Exempt Lump Sums Included information relating to assistance for Bali bombing victims.
4.7.5.10 Goods & Services Tax (GST) Clarified the treatment of GST collected by employees and remitted to the ATO.
4.7.5.20 Pay As You Go (PAYG) Tax System Clarified the treatment of a tax refund from the ATO.
6.2.5.08 DSP - Face to Face Contact Service Update Reviews (from 20/09/03) New topic.
6.2.5.12 DSP - Income & Assets Service Update Mail Reviews (from 20/09/03) New topic.
7.1.5.60 Portability Table Clarified wording of the table for NSA customers.
7.3.3 Claiming a CFP Updated information on the Agreement with the UK and on agreements with other countries.
8.1.1.20 Claim Lodgement - General Provisions Added that when a claim is withdrawn orally or in writing that Centrelink must be satisfied of the customer's identity.
8.1.1.60 Deemed Claims Updated information on extension of time for claim lodgement and corrected material on deemed claims.
10.4.100 Italian Glossary Updated Australian Carer Payment/Carer Payment, INPDAI and Italian supplement glossary terms.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1488G # Date 7 October 2003

Note: Due to the implementation of legislation relating to Australians Working Together (AWT) section 3.2.11 has been extensively revised.

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.F.60 Family member Amended to reflect exemptions from the ARWP for certain categories of people.
3.1.2.70 Exemption from the Waiting Period Added definition of a 'family member'.
3.2.11 Breaches & Penalties Revised extensively due to changes in legislation, relating to AWT.
3.2.11.10 Types of Breaches for Jobseekers Revised extensively due to changes in legislation, relating to AWT.
3.2.11.20 Rules for Applying Breaches Revised extensively due to changes in legislation, relating to AWT.
3.2.11.30 Commencement of Breach Penalties Revised extensively due to changes in legislation, relating to AWT.
3.2.11.50 Breach Waivers & Reductions Added new topic.
3.2.11.60 Reasonable Excuse Added new topic.
3.2.11.70 Knowingly or Recklessly Added new topic.
3.2.13.55 Participation Support - Monitoring & Compliance (NSA 50+) Added new topic.
3.4.7.110 Sample PBS Calculations Updated figures.
3.7.1.60 Short-Term Available Funds Test for SpB Removed spouse provisional visa from the example of short-term available funds test.
3.7.5.10 What are the SpB Activity Tests? Clarified policy on activity tested customers undertaking back to back courses.
3.7.5.30 SpB Activity Test Exemptions Clarified that the 'dependent child' exemption is not just for 13 weeks.
3.9.1.20 Qualification for Low Income HCC Updated qualification criteria and added action when holders travel overseas.
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Updated income limits and added details regarding LIC claimants subject to an IMP.
3.9.3.10 Qualification for CSHC Updated qualification criteria and added action when holders travel overseas.
4.9.3.40 Assessment of Non-compliant Self-managed Superannuation Funds or Small APRA Funds Updated to reflect change in policy approved by the Minister.
4.9.3.41 Assessment of Non-compliant Self-managed Superannuation Funds or Small APRA Funds - Category 1 - Fund Makes No Income Stream Payments Updated to reflect change in policy approved by the Minister.
4.10.7.60 Historical Income Limits for Low Income HCC from 20/09/96 Updated historical income limits.
4.12.3.80 Assessable Income & Assets from Court-Ordered (Statutory) Trusts Updated policy.
5.1.7.10 RA - Current Rates Updated rates.
5.1.7.60 TAL - Current Rates Updated rates.
5.1.8.10 Common Pension Rates Updated rates.
5.1.8.20 Common Benefit Rates Updated rates.
5.2.2.10 Rates of Pension - July 1999 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.2.20 Additional Payments - April 1943 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.3.10 Widow Class A, Supporting Parent's Benefit, Sole Parent Pension - Rates from July 1942 to Present Date Updated rate.
5.2.3.30 Widow B, C & D Pension, Bereavement Allowance - July 1942 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.4.40 RA (families with children) - December 1987 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.4.50 Parenting Payment & Associated Rates - July 1995 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.6.10 RA Rates - June 1990 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.6.40 TAL & Telephone Rental Concession - January 1990 to Present Date Updated rates.
9.2.10 Visa subclass 785 Temporary Protection Updated to reflect holders of visa 785 qualify for HCC.
9.2.10 Visa subclass 786 Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Updated to reflect holders of visa 786 qualify for HCC.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1487G # Date 22 September 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.40 Activity test (NSA, YA) Added material relating to waivers for NSA 50+.
1.1.A.190 Approved activities (NSA, YA) Updated policy.
1.1.C.150 Chronic medical condition (CA) Updated to reflect 12/8/03 amendments to the Child Disability Assessment Determination.
1.1.E.102 Employment Income New topic
1.1.I.120 Industrial action (NSA, YA, PA, Austudy, PP & SpB NVH customers) Updated to add SpB NVH customers to those who are subject to the industrial action exclusion period.
1.1.N.75 Nil Rate Customers Expanded definition
1.1.N.126 Notification reporter New definition.
1.1.P.40 Parental Income Test (YA) Expanded definition
1.1.P.57 Participation agreement New topic.
1.1.R.55 Receiving New topic.
1.1.R.80 Recent workforce experience (PA,MAA,WA) Updated policy.
1.1.S.100 Severe disability (CA) Updated to reflect 12/8/03 amendments to the Child Disability Assessment Determination.
1.1.S.345 Statement reporter New definition.
1.1.S.430 Supported employment (DSP) Updated polic.y
1.1.S.456 SWPP affected payment Updated to add SpB NVH customers to those who are subject to the seasonal work preclusion period.
1.1.T.105 Tools for monitoring job search (NSA, YA) Added additional reference.
1.1.U.30 Unemployed (NSA) Added information regarding mature age customers.
1.2.2.20 Mature Age Allowance (MAA) & Mature Age Partner Allowance (MAPA) - Former Payment - Description Added details to reflect closure of MAA to new claimants from 20 September 2003.
1.2.4.10 Parenting Payment (PP) - Description Added supplements: LLN, WFD, TTW, training credits, working credit.
1.2.7.110 Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement - Description New topic.
1.2.8.10 Health Care Card (HCC) - Description Added information relating to employment-affected person.
2.2.13.10 Supplementary Benefits - Verification Required Added verification requirements for the language, literacy and numeracy supplement.
3.1.2.20 Liquid Assets Waiting Period Updated to reflect consequences of AWT.
3.1.2.30 Treatment of Liquid Assets Updated policy.
3.1.3 Notification & Recipient Obligations Updated with details of statement reporter and notification reporter.
3.1.6.10 General Payability Provisions Added material regarding exceptions.
3.1.7.10 Who is Affected by a SWPP Updated to add SpB NVH customers to those who are subject to the seasonal work preclusion period.
3.1.10.20 Personal Adviser Interview Customer Groups Updated to reflect. AWT phase 2.
3.1.10.30 Participation Interview Process Updated policy.
3.1.10.40 Participation Interview Outcomes Updated policy particularly regarding participation plan.
3.1.11 Working Credit New section.
3.1.12 Employment Income Nil Rate Period New topic.
3.2.1.10 Qualification for NSA Added working credit information.
3.2.1.20 Payability of NSA Updated policy in relation to full-time students. Added policy on employment income nil rate period and working credit.
3.2.1.35 Move to Area of Lower Employment Prospects for NSA Recipients Added information for activity tested SpB.
3.2.1.50 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for NSA Recipients Added details about employment assistance including working credit.
3.2.1.70 Notification & Recipient Obligations for NSA Included material relating to statement reporters.
3.2.1.80 Variable (Reduced) Reporting for NSA Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.3.10 Qualification for YA Included material relating to working credit.
3.2.3.20 Payability of YA Included policy on employment income nil rate period.
3.2.3.50 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for YA Recipients Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.2.3.60 Notification & Recipient Obligations for YA Added material relating to reporting methods.
3.2.7 NSA/YA Activity Testing Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.7.10 Who Does Activity Testing Apply To? Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.7.20 What is an Activity Agreement? Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.7.50 What is a Job Search Plan? Updated to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.8 NSA/YA Activity Test - Approved Activities for Jobseekers under 50 Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.8.70 Approved Activity - Voluntary Work Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.2.8.80 Work for the Dole Added material relating to employment income nil rate period and eligibility for PP customers to WFD.
3.2.8.90 Approved Activity - Other Activities that May Satisfy the activity test Clarified that performers means only actors.
3.2.12.30 Contact with a Personal Adviser (Better Assessment - At Risk) Updated policy.
3.2.12.70 Outcomes of the Personal Adviser Interview (Better Assessment - At Risk) Updated policy.
3.2.13 Participations Support for NSA 50+ New section.
3.3.1.10 Qualification for PA Updated to reflect closure of PA to new claimants under AWT.
3.3.1.30 Payability of PA Updated to reflect closure of PA to new claimants under AWT. Added details about employment income nil rate period.
3.3.1.50 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for PA Recipients Added details about employment assistance and working credit.
3.3.1.60 Notification & Recipient Obligations for PA Added details about reporting methods.
3.3.1.70 Continuation, Variation or Termination of PA Updated to reflect closure of PA to new claimants under AWT.
3.3.2.10 Qualification for MAA after 1 July 1996 Amended to reflect closure of payment to new claimants from 20 September 2003.
3.3.2.30 Saved Cases - Transfer to Age Pension Deleted topic.
3.3.2.40 Payability of MAA after 1 July 1996 Added material relating to employment income nil rate period.
3.3.2.70 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for MAA Recipients. Added details about employment assistance and working credit.
3.3.2.80 Notification & Recipient Obligations for MAA Updated to reflect closure of MAA and policy re late lodgement of continuation forms. Added details about reporting methods.
3.3.2.90 Continuation, Variation or Termination of MAA Updated to reflect AWT changes.
3.3.6 Participation Support for WA (New Claims after September 2003) New section.
3.4.1.20 Payability of Age Added material relating to employment income nil rate period.
3.4.1.50 Notification & Recipient Obligations for MAA Added details about employer reporting.
3.4.2.10 Qualification for WP Added material relating to working credit and employment income nil rate period.
3.4.2.20 Payability of WP Added material relating to employment income nil rate period.
3.4.2.30 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for WP Recipients Added details about employment assistance and working credit.
3.4.2.40 Notification & Recipient Obligations for WP Added details about reporting methods and late reporting by statement reporters.
3.4.3.20 Payability of WA Added material relating to employment incentives employment income nil rate period.
3.4.3.40 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for WA Recipients Title change. Added material relating to employment incentives and employment assistance including working credit.
3.4.3.50 Notification & Recipient Obligations for WA Added details about reporting methods.
3.4.3.70 Participation for WA Amended to reflect AWT Mature Age measure.
3.4.4.10 Qualification for WidB Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.4.4.50 Payability of WidB Added material relating to employment incentives and employment income nil rate period.
3.4.4.70 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for WidB Recipients Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.4.4.80 Notification & Recipient Obligations for WidB Added details about reporting methods and late reporting by statement reporters.
3.4.7.100 Amount of PBS Bones Updated pension bonus amounts.
3.4.7.110 Sample PBS Calculations Updated pension bonus amounts.
3.4.9.20 Payability of BVA Added material relating to employment incentives
3.4.9.40 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for BVA Recipients Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.5.1.10 Qualification Summary for PP Added requirement to enter into participation agreement.
3.5.1.90 Payability Summary for PP Added material relating to employment income nil rate period and participation agreement.
3.5.1.100 Payability of PP - Single Rate Added impact of participation agreement breaches.
3.5.1.110 Payability of PP - Partnered Rate Added material relating to employment incentives and participation agreement breaches.
3.5.1.130 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for PP Recipients Updated for introduction of working credit and other AWT changes.
3.5.1.140 Notification & Recipient Obligations for PP Added material relating to reporting methods.
3.5.1.150 Continuation, Variation or Termination of PP Added impact of participation agreement breach on rate.
3.5.1.220 Participation Interviews for PP - Interview Content Added details regarding participation agreements.
3.5.1.240 Participation Agreements - Requirement to Enter New topic.
3.5.1.250 Participation Agreements - Approved Activities New topic.
3.5.1.260 Participation Agreements - Hours of Activity New topic.
3.5.1.270 Participation Agreements - Establishing Reasonable Terms New topic.
3.5.1.280 Participation Agreements - Monitoring Compliance New topic.
3.5.1.290 Participation Agreements - Penalties & Re-engagement New topic.
3.6.1.10 Qualification for DSP Added material relating to working credit.
3.6.1.20 Qualification for DSP during Employment Updated policy.
3.6.1.50 Payability of DSP Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.6.1.70 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for DSP Recipients Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.6.1.90 Notification & Recipient Obligations for DSP Added details about reporting methods, employer reporting and late reporting by statement reporters.
3.6.1.100 Continuation, Variation or Termination of DSP Added policy re start date of suspension period & PCC extension if customer has a working credit balance.
3.6.4.10 Qualification for CP Added material relating to working credit.
3.6.4.70 Changes to Carer Situation - Effect on CP Qualification Added material relating to working credit.
3.6.4.90 Payability of CP Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.6.4.130 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for CP Recipients Added material relating to employment incentives.
3.6.4.140 Notification & Recipient Obligations for CP Added material relating to reporting methods.
3.6.5.10 Qualification for SA Added material relating to working credit.
3.6.5.40 Payability of SA Added material relating to employment income nil rate period.
3.6.5.90 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for SA Recipients Added material relating to employment assistance.
3.6.5.100 Notification & Recipient Obligations for SA Added material relating to reporting methods.
3.6.7.160 Backdating Start Day for CA Updated to reflect 12/8/03 amendments to the Child Disability Assessment Determination.
3.7.1.20 Payability of SpB Updated to reflect policy changes in 3.1.2.70.
3.7.1.70 Long term Available Funds Test for SpB Added information relating to Criminal Justice Stay Visa.
3.7.2.40 SpB for Customers not Residentially Qualified for Other Payments Added visa holders 447 and 451 to those who are not residentially qualified for other payments.
3.7.5.10 What are the SpB Activity Tests? Updated to reflect AWT changes.
3.7.5.40 Non-compliane with SpB Activity Test Added new rules.
3.7.5.50 SpB Activity Agreement Added new rules.
3.7.5.60 Other Waiting Periods for SpB NVH Customers New topic.
3.8.1.10 Qualification for RA Added policy for RA during employment income nil rate period.
3.8.1.106 Special RA Rules for Couples & Families with Children Added material relating to employment income nil rate period.
3.8.3.10 Qualification for PES Added that a customer who receives PES is unable to also receive LLNS and added that a customer who is qualified for PES can receive PES during an employment income nil rate period.
3.8.3.90 Payability of PES Added policy for PES during employment income nil rate period.
3.8.5.10 Qualification for EEP - NSA, MAA, PA & WA Customers Added material relating to working credit.
3.8.5.20 Qualification for EEP - Pension PP (single), CP & DSP Customers Added material relating to working credit.
3.8.7.10 Qualification for TAL Added policy for TAL during employment income nil rate period.
3.8.10.10 Qualification for CPS Added that a customer who receives CPS is unable to also receive LLNS.
3.8.10.20 Payability of CPS Clarified how employment income assessed.
3.8.10.120 CDEP CPS Income Test Added material relating to working credit.
3.8.11 LLNS - Qualification & Payability New section.
3.9.1.10 Qualification for HCC - Automatic Issue Added details about HCC continuation during employment income nil rate period.
3.9.1.45 HCC for Foster Children Updated to include action when cardholders travel overseas.
3.9.2.30 PCC due to Employment Added details about PCC continuation during employment income nil rate period.
3.10.4.10 General Notification Period - 14 Days Updated policy for benefit PPP/stimulus customer couples.
4.2.4.20 Benefit PP (partnered) Income & Assets Tests & Limits Updated to reflect changes to employment income assessment period.
4.2.8.10 Dependent YA Parental Income Tests & Limits Updated parental income test exemption with employment income nil rate period.
4.2.8.50 Full-time Students - Personal Income Test, Limits & Student Income Bank Updated to include carry-overs between student income bank and working credit.
4.2.11 CP Income & Assets Tests Corrected discrepancy in table.
4.3.1.10 Determining the Rate of Income for Benefits Added details of how working credit affects assessment of income.
4.3.1.20 Determining the Rate of Income for Pension Customers of Age Pension Age Updated policy now employment income is assessed for pensioners based on age.
4.3.1.25 Determining the Rate of Income for Pension Customers below Age Pension Age New topic.
4.3.1.30 Rate of Income - Couples, Blind Pensioners & Children Clarified how rate of income is calculated.
4.3.1.40 Determining the Rate of Income for PP Added material relating to employment income assessment.
4.3.2.35 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Section 8(11) Exempt Lump Sums Excluded as income lump sum amounts of special zone B tax offset & ex gratia payments to residents of King Island or the Furneaux Group of Islands between 1 July 1990 to 30 June 1997.
4.3.3.20 Income from Employment or Independent Contracting Clarified employment income as defined in the SSAct.
4.3.3.30 Employment Income for Pensioners of Age Pension Age Changed title.
4.3.3.35 Employment Income for Pensioners below Age Pension Age New topic.
4.3.3.40 Employment Income for Allowees Clarified employment income as defined in the SSAct.
4.3.4.10 Application of the Income Maintenance Period (IMP) Added material relating to working credit.
4.13.1.10 What is Compensation Clarified compensation assessed as ordinary income is not employment income.
4.13.1.20 Compensation Assessed as Ordinary Income Clarified compensation assessed as ordinary income is not employment income.
4.13.2.30 Compensation Part of Lump Sum - 50% Rule Clarified that lump sums are not able to be broken into parts.
4.13.2.70 Commencement of Lump Sum Preclusion Period Clarified interaction of preclusion period with other waiting periods.
4.13.3.10 Overview of Periodic Compensation Clarified treatment of insurance policies that have offset clauses.
5.1.4.14 Calculating a Rate of PP - Partnered Updated to reflect changes to the assessment of employment income.
5.1.7.90 LLNS - Current Rate New topic.
5.3.4.10 Taxation of Payments & Group Certificates Added Work for the Dole supplement to taxable payments and added language, literacy and numeracy supplement to non-taxable payments.
5.4.6.10 Qualification for Special Employment Advance Payments Added effect of working credit & student income bank on calculating the amount of reduction in basic entitlement.
5.4.6.20 SEA - Return to Work Claims Added effect of working credit & student income bank on calculating the amount of reduction in basic entitlement.
5.4.6.30 SEA - Income Not Received Claims Added effect of working credit & student income bank on calculating the amount of reduction in basic entitlement.
5.4.6.40 Formula for Calculating Special Employment Advance Payments Added effect of working credit & student income bank on calculating the amount of reduction in basic entitlement.
6.1.1.10 General Provisions for Income & Assets Reviews Added material relating to employment income overpayments and working credit.
6.1.6.10 Dates of Effect of Favourable Review Determinations - Cancellation or Suspension Deleted topic - see 8.6.3.
6.1.6.30 Payment Continuation During Review Clarified policy.
6.2.1.20 Reviews of Casual Employment, Self-employment & Voluntary Work Added material relating to employment income overpayments and working credit.
6.2.1.70 General Provisions for the Issue of the Jobseeker Diary Updated to reflect service profiling..
6.2.1.80 Minimum Number of Fortnightly Job Approaches for Jobseekers under 50 Years of Age Removed reference to procedures.
6.2.1.90 Returning & Assessing a Jobseeker Diary Removed procedural requirements. Added details regarding mutual obligation diaries.
6.2.5.120 CA - Disabilities & Conditions Recognised for Review Purposes Only Updated to reflect 12/8/03 amendments to the Child Disability Assessment Determination.
6.2.5.130 Recognised Disability and 16 Years of Age Reviews Updated to reflect 12/8/03 amendments to the Child Disability Assessment Determination.
6.3.2 Newstart & Youth Allowance Overpayments Added material relating to employment income overpayments and working credit.
6.3.3 Other Labour Market & Older Students Overpayments Added material relating to employment income overpayments and working credit.
7.1.5.60 Portability Table Added material relating to NSA 50+.
7.2.1.10 Departure & Arrival Notification Added impact of participation requirements.
7.2.1.20 Customer Advice Before Departure Added impact of participation requirements.
8.1.2.20 Date of effect of Determinations - Summary Deleted topic - see 8.6.1.
8.1.2.30 Date of effect of Determinations - Sections 107, 109 & 110 Deleted topic - see 8.6.2 and 8.6.3.
8.1.2.40 Claim Determination - Payment Specific Provisions Updated to add SpB NVH customers to those who are subject to the seasonal work preclusion period.
8.1.8 Interviews Added participation support information at PP new claim.
8.3.3.50 Backdated Start Days - Carer Allowance Updated to reflect 12/8/03 amendments to the Child Disability Assessment Determination.
8.6 Date of Effect of Determination New chapter.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1486G # Date 1 September 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.M.170 Mutual obligation initiative Removed job search training as a mutual obligation choice.
1.1.N.70 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP) Clarified the definition.
1.1.P.500 Purchase price Included definition.
2.2.5.50 Verifying Treatment as Not Being a Member of a Couple for a Special Reason Added section 24 examples (separated under the one roof cases).
3.1.2.40 Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period Updated to reflect new interpretation of section 3 of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period and other Measures) Act 1997.
3.1.2.45 NARWP Saving Provisions Updated to reflect new interpretation of section 3 of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period and other Measures) Act 1997.
3.1.2.70 Exemptions from the Waiting Period Updated to reflect new interpretation of section 3 of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period and other Measures) Act 1997.
3.2.5.10 Qualification for YA as an Independent Young Person Removed note regarding self-supporting criteria.
3.2.5.80 YA - Self-supporting through Paid Employment Amended example 5 and added example 7.
3.2.7.35 Closer Monitoring of Preparing for Work Agreements Updated list of activities effected by this review procedure.
3.2.8 NSA/YA Activity Test - Approved Activities for Jobseekers Updated policy.
3.2.8.20 The Mutual Obligation Initiative Removed job search training as a mutual obligation choice.
3.2.8.110 Approved Activity - Study New topic.
3.2.10.100 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress Updated information regarding Honours study.
3.2.10.120 Honours Study (YA) Deleted topic - see 3.2.10.100.
3.3.4.70 Austudy & Progress Rules for Tertiary Study Updated information regarding Honours study.
3.3.4.90 Honours Study (Austudy) Deleted topic - see 3.3.4.70.
3.6.4.80 Qualification for CP during Overseas Travel Clarified example.
3.8.2.10 Qualification for PhA Amended qualification for PhA attached to Austudy payment.
3.9.1.20 Qualification for Low Income HCC Clarified handling of LIC claims from Australian missionaries or other overseas volunteers.
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Clarified ABSTUDY payments for LIC income purposes.
3.9.2.10 Qualification for PCC Clarified residency requirements to qualify for a PCC and that card is cancelled when customer goes overseas.
4.3.3.30 Employment Income for Pensioners Clarified determining annual rate of income.
4.3.6.30 Holocaust Restitution Payments - Germany & Austria Clarified policy regarding German Government compensation payments to displaced Jewish persons and Austrian Government payments to prisoners of war.
4.3.6.31 Holocaust Restitution Payments - Other Countries Clarified policy regarding French Decree 2000-657 orphans.
5.4.5 MOB Advance Payment Clarified when a MOB advance is a recoverable debt.
6.2.1.30 General Provisions for Monitoring Job Search Updated policy.
6.7.1.60 Debts Arising from AAT Stay Orders Amended to reflect legislation.
9.2.6 Visa subclass 431 Removed note re permanent visa for visa subclass 431 PRC Citizen - TEP.
9.2.6 Visa Subclass 431 Removed reference to permanent visa for visa subclass 431 PRC Citizen - TEP (issued post February 1991).

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1485G # Date 4 August 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.310 Assuree, assurer, assurance of support, assurance of support bond Clarified definition of assurance of support period.
1.1.C.20 Care receiver (CP) Added that a higher ADAT score adult with an ADAT score of 80 or more can qualify 2 or more carers for CP.
1.1.C.310 Constant care (CP) Clarified where 2 or more carers qualify for CP for caring for the same care receiver.
1.1.R.135 Relevant number Expanded definition.
1.2.7.20 Pharmaceutical Allowance (PhA) - Description Updated list of payments.
3.1.10.70 Indigenous Remote Servicing Added new topic.
3.2.1.60 NSA Provisional - Payment to DSP Claimants Updated outcomes of DSP claim.
3.2.7 NSA/YA Activity Testing Added information regarding approved activities.
3.2.7.50 What is a Job Search Plan Added new topic.
3.2.8.30 Approve Activity - Employment Assistance Updated policy.
3.6.2.40 Assessment of Blindness for DSP Clarified that DSP (permanently blind) customers are affected by compensation provisions..
3.6.4.10 Qualification for CP Clarified third dot point - that there can be more than 2 carers.
3.6.7.30 Qualification for CA Corrected third dot point under residence qualification for missionaries.
3.6.9.60 ADAT Step 5 Clarified that the minimum professional questionnaire score must be to qualify a customer for CP where more than one person is caring for the same care receiver.
3.7.1.90 Supplementary Benefits & Assistance for SpB Recipients Clarified qualification for CrP.
3.8.2.10 Qualification for PhA Clarified PhA payment for SpB recipients.
3.9.1.10 Qualification for HCC - Automatic Issue Amended HCC policy relating to MOB.
3.9.1.20 Qualification for Low Income HCC Amended HCC policy relating to residence.
3.9.1.40 HCC Provisions for Children & Dependants Clarified when a child or partner ceases to be a dependant for the purposes of a HCC.
4.2.1.10 Pensions Income Test & Limits Clarified compensation treatment.
4.3.1.30 Rate of Income - Couples, Blind Pensioners & Children Added reference to the effect of compensation payments on DSP blind customers.
4.3.2.31 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Specifically Approved Added Go Staff 40 Plus Inc. as an approved exchange trading system.
4.3.9.40 Income form Scholarships Clarified that a scholarship waiving fees is valuable consideration and is considered income.
4.9.1.20 General Provisions for Assessing Income Streams Clarified disability pensions paid from superannuation funds.
4.12.11.20 Qualification Provisions for the Primary Production Concession Updated thresholds.
4.13.1.20 Compensation Assessed as Ordinary Income Updated treatment of compensation payments assessed as ordinary income.
4.13.3.30 Effect of Periodic Compensation on the Partner of a Compensation Recipient Clarified calculation and treatment of excess compensation for partner.
6.2.1.40 Work Intentions Forms Changed title. Removed procedural information.
6.2.1.50 Issuing an Employer Contact Certificate Removed procedural information.
6.2.1.60 Assessing an Employer Contact Certificate Removed procedural information.
6.2.4.10 PP Reviews Changed title (formerly PP Reviews - pensions PP (single)). Updated policy
6.2.4.20 PP Reviews - benefit PP (partnered) (deleted - see 6.2.4.10) Deleted topic.
6.7.1.30 Assurance of Support Debts Updated policy for contributory parent visa holders.
9.2.2 Visa Subclass 132 Business Talent Added new visa subclass 132.
9.2.2 Visa Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) Added new visa subclass 143 introduced from 27 June 2003.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 160 Business Owner (Provisional) Added new visa subclass 160.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 161 Senior Executive (Provisional) Added new visa subclass 161.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 162 Investor (Provisional) Added new visa subclass 162.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 163 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Provisional) Added new visa subclass 163.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 164 State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (Provisional) Added new visa subclass 164.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 165 State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) Added new visa subclass 165.
9.2.3 Visa Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Added new visa subclass 173 introduced from 27 June 2003.
9.2.12 Visa Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Added new visa subclass 884 introduced from 1 July 2003.
9.2.12 Visa Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) Added new visa subclass 864 introduced from 1 July 2003.
9.2.12 Visa Subclass 890 Business Owner (Residence) Added new visa subclass 890.
9.2.12 Visa Subclass 891 Investor (Residence) Added new visa subclass 891.
9.2.12 Visa Subclass 892 State/Territory Sponsored Skilled Business Owner (Residence) Added new visa subclass 892.
9.2.12 Visa Subclass 893 State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) Added new visa subclass 893.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1484G # Date 7 July 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.190 Approved activities (NSA, YA) Clarified inability to include Masters and Doctorate study on a PFWA as approved study, and clarified when approval required for activities of less than 20 hours per week.
1.1.B.70 Board and lodging (RA, SpB) Clarified policy for SpB customers receiving board and lodging.
1.1.C.353 Correspondence nominee New topic.
1.1.L.10 Labour market programs (NSA, YA) Added activities included in formal vocation training in a LMP to the example.
1.1.N.80 Nominee Updated definition.
1.1.P.127 Payment nominee New topic.
1.1.P.237 Personal Support Programme New topic.
1.1.Q.35 Qualifying residence exemption Amended to reflect changes to QRE flowing from new determination under section 7(6AA)(f).
1.1.T.30 Telephone allowance payday (TAL) Updated definition.
2.2.1.40 Customers Experiencing Difficulty with Identity Verification Clarified policy.
3.2.1.35 Move to Area of Lower Employment Prospects for NSA Recipients Clarified definition of when the penalty does not apply.
3.2.7.20 What is a Preparing for Work Agreement? Clarified when jobseekers enter into a PFWA.
3.2.7.30 When are Preparing for Work Agreements Required? Clarified policy.
3.4.1.60 Continuation, Variation or Termination of Age Changed term 'terminated' to 'cancelled'.
3.4.2.50 Continuation, Variation or Termination of WP Clarified automatic transfer to Age.
3.4.4.90 Continuation, Variation or Termination of WidB Clarified the circumstances in which payment of WidB may change.
3.5.1.50 Child-related Qualification for PP - Shared Care Clarified shared care policy.
3.5.1.88 Eligibility for PPP Where There is a Polygamous Marriage New topic.
3.8.3.90 Payability of PES Clarified that a QRE for SpB does not exempt customers from a NARWP for PES.
3.8.10.120 CDEP CPS Income Test Updated earnings.
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Updated policy.
3.9.1.80 Start Day for HCC Updated to correctly reflect deemed date of claim provisions.
4.2.1.20 Additional Free Area for Dependent Children Clarified definition of dependent child for additional free area purposes.
4.4.1.20 Operation of Deeming Updated deeming thresholds.
4.4.1.50 Deeming Rate Calculation - Single DSP Customer Updated calculation to reflect 1 July 2003 deeming thresholds.
4.4.1.60 Deeming Rate Calculation - Age Couple Updated calculation to reflect 1 July 2003 deeming thresholds.
4.4.1.70 Deeming Rate Calculation - Single WidB Customer Updated calculation to reflect 1 July 2003 deeming thresholds.
4.4.1.80 Deeming Rate Calculation - NSA Customer, partner Receiving PP Updated calculation to reflect 1 July 2003 deeming thresholds.
4.4.1.90 Deeming Rate Calculation - Pensioner and Non-Pensioner Couple Updated calculation to reflect 1 July 2003 deeming thresholds.
4.9.2.30 Commuting an Asset-Test Exempt Income Stream to a Lump Sum Updated to reflect recent legislation change.
4.10.3 Historical Age & Invalid (Disability Support) Pension Income & Assets Limits Updated historical rates.
6.2.1.100 Issuing & Assessing a Recipient Statement Notice Removed procedure references for assessing a recipient statement notice against the activity test.
8.4.1.30 Payments to a Third Party Updated policy.
8.5 Nominees New chapter.
9.2.2 Visa Subclass 100 Spouse Amended to reflect changes to QRE flowing from new determination under section 7(6AA)(f).
9.2.2 Visa Subclass 110 Interdependency Amended to reflect changes to QRE flowing from new determination under section 7(6AA)(f).
9.2.11 Visa Subclass 801 Spouse Amended to reflect changes to QRE flowing from new determination under section 7(6AA)(f).
9.2.11 Visa Subclass 814 Interdependency Amended to reflect changes to QRE flowing from new determination under section 7(6AA)(f).

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1483G # Date 2 June 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.190 Approved activities (NSA, YA) Added Personal Support Programme to the list of approved activities for NSA and YA.
1.1.A.310 Assuree, assurer, assurance of support, assurance of support bond Updated definition of assurance of support period.
1.1.N.70 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP) Updated policy references.
1.1.R.200 Residence Updated policy references.
1.1.V.40 Visa Updated policy references.
2.2.4.50 Verifying Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period New topic.
3.1.2.40 New Arrived Residents Waiting Period Added date of commencement of NARWP pursuant to the operation of section 7(4B) of the Social Security Act.
3.1.2.70 Exemptions from Waiting Periods Added exemption from LAWP if customer is participating in PSP.
3.2.3.35 Move to Area of Lower Employment Prospects for YA Recipients Updated situations where an exclusion period may not apply.
3.2.8.20 The Mutual Obligation Initiative Updated participation requirements for Green Corps.
3.5.1.70 Residence Qualification for PP - Overview Updated policy references.
3.5.1.85 Qualification for PP during Self-employment Added new topic.
3.6.6.100 Termination of MOB Included reference to gaol or psychiatric confinement.
3.8.1.90 Temporary Accommodation & RA Updated example.
3.8.1.108 Assessing RA Payable & Net Rent Rules Added example.
4.3.1.20 Determining the Rate of Income for Pensions Clarified circumstances where a customer's total earnings from employment may equal the annual rate and apportioning lump sums over 12 months.
4.13.2.50 Aggregation of Multiple Lump Sums Included reference to one lump sum settlement for multiple claims.
4.3.3.30 Employment Income for Pensioners Clarified policy.
4.3.5.30 About DVA Disability Pensions Updated external Acts.
4.3.9.40 Income from Scholarships Clarified treatment of scholarships as valuable consideration and treatment of HECS exempt or fee waived or reduced places.
4.9.2.10 Characteristics of an Asset-Test Exempt Income Stream Clarified treatement of ATE income stream where there is a change in reversionary beneficiaries.
4.9.3.30 Income & Assets Assessment of Asset-tested Income Streams Updated policy.
4.9.3.35 Relevant Number where Reversionary Beneficiary Exists for Allocated Income Streams Added new topic.
4.9.3.42 Assessment of Non-Compliant Self-Managed Superannuation Funds or Small APRA Funds - Category 2 - Fund Makes Reduced Income Stream Payments Clarified process required where an income stream is commuted into a new ATE income stream.
4.13.1.20 Compensation Assessed as Ordinary Income Clarified treatment of compensation settled after death of a customer.
4.13.2.70 Compensation of Lump-Sum Preclusion Period Clarified the start date of preclusion period where multiple compensation events are paid in one settlement and Victorian TAA non-payment periods.
4.13.3.10 Overview of Periodic Compensation Payments Clarified where medical reimbursements are paid with arrears of periodic payments.
6.4.1 General Provisions for Compensation Recovery Clarified treatment of compensation settled after death of a customer.
6.4.11 Waiver of CAPs During Victorian TAA Non-Payment Periods Clarified start date of preclusion period where periodic payments are made.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1482G # Date 14 May 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.62 Adjusted taxable income Added new key term.
1.1.C.280 Concessional study load (Austudy, PES) Replaced content with link to 1.1.C.290.
1.1.E.168 Exempt accommodation (RA) Added exception for lease arrangements and bond.
1.1.E.230 External territory Updated list of territories that are NOT external territories.
1.1.F.230 Full-time study (YA, Austudy, SpB, PES) Added information on concessional study loads.
1.1.N.55 New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) Added new key term.
1.1.P.340 PP child (PP) Changed references to FA to FTB.
1.1.P.470 Psychiatric confinement Added policy references.
1.1.S.170 Short-term available funds test (SpB) Changed reference to FA to FTB.
1.1.S.410 Suitable, unsuitable work (NSA, YA) Clarified the definition of unsuitable work.
1.1.T.145 Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA Added new key term.
1.2.6.30 Crisis Payment (CrP) - Description Added psychiatric confinement to description for consistency with Act.
2.2.13.20 RA - Verification Required Expanded example for formal renting arrangements lease or tenancy agreements.
3.1.1.20 Residence in External Territories Clarified residence in previous external territories and added paragraph on Papua New Guinea pensions.
3.1.3 Notification & Recipient Obligations Updated to reflect recent legislative changes regarding medical examinations.
3.1.4.05 Payability During Periods in Gaol or Psychiatric Confinement Updated to reflect recent legislative changes that MOB is not payable to people in these situations.
3.1.4.10 Situations that Constitute Being in Gaol or Psychiatric Confinement Updated to reflect recent legislative changes that MOB is not payable to people in these situations.
3.2.5.80 YA - Self-supporting through Paid Employment Updated examples.
3.2.8.100 Approved Activity - Combinations of Activities Clarified policy regarding YA customers with no job search requirement, with reduced job search requirements and with reduced employment capacity.
3.3.4.80 Austudy & Impact of Previous Study Updated example for illness and circumstances beyond control exceptions.
3.4.1.10 Qualification for Age Replaced policy reference to the International Agreements Manual with policy reference to Part 10 of the Guide.
3.4.1.60 Continuation, Variation or Termination of Age Added details regarding suspension during short periods of employment.
3.4.2.10 Qualification for WP Replaced policy reference to the International Agreements Manual with policy references to Parts 7 and 10 of the Guide.
3.4.2.50 Continuation, Variation or Termination of WP Added details regarding suspension during short periods of employment.
3.4.4.10 Qualification for Wid B Updated policy reference from International Agreements Manual to Part 10 of the Guide.
3.5.1.20 Child-related Qualification for PP - Overview Added description of Kupai Omasker.
3.6.1.10 Qualification for DSP Updated policy reference from International Agreements Manual to Part 10 of the Guide.
3.6.1.30 Qualification for DSP during Self-employment Clarified policy regarding NEIS.
3.6.2.150 DSP Customers with Less Than 10 Years Residence Updated policy reference from International Agreements Manual to Part 10 of the Guide.
3.6.6.10 Qualification for MOB Changed reference from 8 hour a week rule to 32 hours every 4 weeks.
3.6.6.20 Payability of MOB Removed reference to sales tax exemption on the purchase of a new motor vehicle.
3.6.6.51 Assessment of Vocational Training for MOB Changed reference from 8 hour a week rule to 32 hours every 4 weeks.
3.6.6.52 Assessment of Independent Living Skills/Life Skills Training for MOB Changed reference from 8 hour a week rule to 32 hours every 4 weeks.
3.6.6.53 Assessment of Voluntary Work for MOB Added details regarding 32 hours every 4 weeks rule.
3.6.6.54 Assessment of 32 Hours every 4 Weeks Rule for MOB Changed reference from 8 hour a week rule to 32 hours every 4 weeks.
3.6.6.55 Assessment of Continuing Basis for MOB Changed reference from 8 hour a week rule to 32 hours every 4 weeks.
3.6.6.80 Notification & Recipient Obligations for MOB Updated to reflect recent legislative changes.
3.6.6.90 Continuation of MOB during Leave from Employment & Training Changed hours for vocational training.
3.6.6.100 Termination of MOB Updated to reflect recent legislative changes
3.7.2.70 SpB for Customers under 18 Years of Age Clarified claim commencement date provisions.
3.7.2.80 SpB for Australian Citizen Children in the Custody of a Non-permanent Resident Amended details under Other Income.
3.7.4.10 Qualification for CrP - General Provisions Clarified residence requirements.
3.7.4.70 Payability of CrP - Released prisoners Added psychiatric confinement to description for consistency with Act.
3.8.3.70 PES & Impact of Previous Study Updated example for illness and circumstances beyond control exceptions.
3.8.9.30 Determining the FAA Reimbursement Deleted rates valid from 12 April 2002 to 31 December 2002.
3.9.1.20 Qualification for Low Income HCC Included paragraphs relating to FTB customers.
3.9.1.30 HCC Benefits (deleted - see 3.9.1.65) Moved the content to 3.9.1.65.
3.9.1.40 HCC Provisions for Children & Dependants Clarified HCC provisions for children and dependants.
3.9.1.45 HCC for Foster Children Clarified policy.
3.9.1.50 General Provisions for Children & Dependants (deleted - see 3.9.1.40) Deleted, see 3.9.1.40 for current policy.
3.9.1.60 Low Income HCC Customers & Dependants (deleted - see 3.9.1.40 & 3.9.1.45) Deleted, see 3.9.1.40 for current policy.
3.9.1.65 HCC Benefits - Added new topic.
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Clarified evidence of income.
3.9.1.80 Start Day for HCC Added start details for automatically issued HCC.
3.9.3.10 Qualification for CSHC Added treatment of payments under the PLS for CSHC purposes.
3.9.3.20 CSHC Benefits Clarified the duration of a CSHC, receipt of TAL and access to concessional fares with Great Southern Rail Services.
3.9.3.30 Assessment of Income for CSHC Clarified income test for a CSHC.
3.9.3.36 Target Foreign Income Added information on taxation agreements and foreign business interests.
3.9.3.60 Notification & Recipient Obligations for CSHC Customers Updated example.
4.1.7 Deprivation Related to Farm Transfers Clarified policy.
4.3.2.30 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Legislated Clarified treatment of payments to victims of National Socialist persecution. Add TILA to value of emergency relief or like assistance example.
4.3.2.31 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Specifically Approved Clarified treatment of lump sums exempted under section 8(11) by moving details to new topic 4.3.2.35..
4.3.2.35 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Section 8(11) Exempt Lump Sums Added new topic.
4.3.3.20 Income for Employment or Independent Contracting Clarified treatment of remunerative lump sums to avoid confusion with treatment of section 1073 non-remunerative lump sums.
4.3.3.80 Income from New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) Added new topic.
4.3.6.30 Holocaust Restitution Payments - Germany & Austria Clarified treatment of payments to victims of National Socialist persecution.
4.3.6.31 Holocaust Restitution Payments - Other Countries Added new topic.
4.3.6.40 Restitution Payments - Netherlands Clarified treatment of payments to victims of National Socialist persecution.
4.9.6.70 Payment Splits of Income Streams: Base Amount Payment Splits Updated policy.
4.9.6.80 Base Amount Payment Splits - Non Defined Benefit Income Streams/Non Allocated Added new topic.
4.9.6.90 Base Amount Payment Splits - Non Defined Benefit Income Streams/Allocated Income Streams Added new topic.
4.9.6.100 Base Amount Payment Splits - Defined Benefit Income Streams Added new topic.
4.12.6.10 Capital Injections in Return for Equity in a Private Trust or Private Company Corrected assessable genuine investor interest in a private unit trustunder the post-1/1/02 T&C rules.
5.2.4.20 Family Payment, FA Rates (non-standard) October 1973 to Present Date Added 1/7/2000 DOP rate.
5.4.5 MOB Advance Payment Updated policy regarding further advance.
6.1.1.20 Causes & Types of Income & Assets Reviews Clarifed references to profiling.
6.2.1.10 Types and NSA and YA Reviews Updated policy guidelines, incorporating profiling.
6.2.1.80 Minimum Number of Fortnightly Job Approaches Clarified acceptable number of fortnightly approaches.
6.2.2.10 PA Reviews Added reference to profiling reviews.
6.2.2.20 MAA Reviews Updated review timing and added reference to profiling.
6.2.3 Retirement & Widows Reviews

Replaced policy reference to the International Agreements Manual with policy reference to Part 10 of the Guide.

Updated review timing and added reference to profiling.

6.3.7 Special Payments Overpayments Clarified policy.
6.7.1.30 Assurance of Support Debts Clarified policy due to recent legal advice.
6.7.3.10 Write Off of Debt Clarified duration of write off.
6.8 Profiling Reviews Added new topic.
9.2.3 Visa subclass 159 Provisional Resident Return - Temporary Changed permanent resident status to 'no'.
9.2.10 Visa Subclasses 700-799 Payment Eligibility - Visa subclasses 785 Temporary Protection Added details relating to class XA and XC Temporary Protection Visa.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1481G # Date 14 April 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.C.290 Concessional study load student (Austudy, PES, YA) Added details about YA.
1.1.D.10 Daily basis (CA) Clarified examples.
1.1.L.10 Labour market programs (NSA, YA, Austudy) Deleted all references to Austudy.
1.1.L.40 Levels of tertiary courses (YA, Austudy, PES) Clarified legislative references.
1.1.M.140 Minimum time (YA, Austudy, PES) Clarified policy.
1.1.S.410 Suitable, unsuitable work (NSA, YA, Austudy) Deleted all references to Austudy.
2.2.13.20 RA - Verification Required Added exception for formal renting arrangements lease or tenancy agreement.
3.1.2.70 Exemptions from Waiting Periods Clarified exemptions from the LAWP.
3.1.5.100 Bereavement Payment Provisions for PA Customers Clarified bereavement payment provisions for PA recipients: continuation of PA, deceased partner's benefit and lump sum bereavement payments.
3.2.2.30 Leave without Pay from Employment Clarified example.
3.2.2.50 Working Arrangements Clarified contract and casual employment.
3.2.3.60 Notification & Recipient Obligations for YA Clarified common provisions and added details about recipient statement notices.
3.2.10.50 YA Study Load - Part-time Students Corrected information regarding 66% concessional study load.
3.2.10.100 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress Clarified policy.
3.2.10.110 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress - Study at the Same Level Added a link to the definition of levels of tertiary courses for the purposes of YA, Austudy and PES.
3.3.3.50 Notification & Recipient Obligations for Austudy Updated example and clarified common provisions.
3.3.4.30 Austudy & Concessional Study Load Students Corrected information regarding 66% concessional study load.
3.5.1.20 Child-related Qualification for PP - Overview Added details re Torres Strait Islander adoption practices (Kupai Omasker).
3.6.2.40 Assessment of Blindness for DSP Clarified explanation that customers who are not legally blind may still qualify for DSP.
3.6.7.90 Qualification during Temporary Absence of a Child from the Private Home - HCC only CA (child) Updated qualification during temporary absence of a child from the private home where the child is overseas.
3.6.8.110 Answering the CDAT Questionnaire Included information on where a customer or THP ticks more than one box in CDAT Steps 2-4 (Developmentally-linked Functional Domains).
3.8.9.30 Determining the FAA Reimbursement Deleted FAA reimbursement rates from 12/4/02 to 31/12/02.
4.2.8.10 Dependent YA - Parental Income Test & Limits Clarified policy when payment is current but have nil rate.
4.2.9.10 Family Actual Means Test Added legislative reference for designated parent.
4.3.5.40 About DVA War Widow's Pension, War Widower's Pension & Income Support Supplement Clarified that ISS is excluded as income.
4.3.9.40 Income from Scholarships Clarified information on scholarships awarded within Australia.
4.4.1.40 Exemption of Financial Investments from Deeming Clarified financial investments in frozen unlisted property trusts & 'saved' personal (family) loans.
4.4.2.10 Deemed Income from Savings Investments Clarified the treatment of deemed income from savings investments under the deeming provisions.
4.4.2.40 Description - Loans, Bills, Debentures, Notes, Bullion & Farm Management Deposits Updated as Income Equalisation Deposits and Farm Management Bonds have been replaced by Farm Management Deposits.
4.6.2.10 General Provisions for Exempt Assets Deleted irrelevant Act references.
4.6.6.10 General Provisions for Valuation of Assets Included valuation of market linked managed investments and listed securities.
4.8.1.10 Overview of Superannuation Updated who can contribute to superannuation funds.
4.10.3 Historical Age & Invalid (Disability Support) Pension Income & Assets Limits Added the income and assets test limits for 1/07/02.
4.12.7.50 Distributions of the Income of a Private Trust or Private Company to a Non-attributable Stakeholder Corrected the period for which distribution income is applied.
6.1.2.40 Reviews - Sale of Home & Temporary Absence from Principal Home Clarified general information on the sale of a customer's principal home.
6.2.5.51 CP Reviews (Profoundly Disabled Child) Amended information on medical and circumstances reviews.
6.3.1 Non-payment-specific Overpayments Deleted overpayment of British retirement or widow's pension.
10.1.8.20 Embargoes on Arrears of Foreign Payment Expanded on countries which the embargo provisions apply to.
10.7 Agreement with Malta Added new chapter.
10.8 Agreement with the Netherlands Added new chapter.
10.9 Agreement with Ireland Added new chapter.
10.12 Agreement with Cyprus Added new chapter.
10.13 Agreement with Denmark Added new chapter.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1480G # Date 20 March 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.170 Appropriate tax year (YA) Deleted references to FA and FTP.
1.1.C.210 Commonwealth Training Award rate (YA) Updated the Commonwealth Training Award rate and the minimum amount that young people must earn to qualify as independent for YA.
1.2.8.10 Health Care Card (HCC) - Description Updated the description of a HCC.
3.1.2.50 Ordinary Waiting Period Added interaction of the OWP and IMP, instances when customers do not serve an OWP and waiving the OWP.
3.2.3.20 Payability of YA Clarified circumstances where YA not payable and added information on Community Development Employment Projects.
3.2.5.20 Marriage-like Relationships & YA Corrected age of consent for males in the Northern Territory.
3.2.10.30 YA Full-time Students Removed information on honours Replaced information relating to honours study with link to new topic 3.2.10.120 Honours Study (YA).
3.2.10.100 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress Replaced information relating to honours study with link to new topic 3.2.10.120 Honours Study (YA).
3.2.10.120 Honours Study (YA) Added new topic.
3.3.4.20 Austudy & Full-time Tertiary Students Replaced information relating to honours study with link to new topic 3.3.4.90 Honours Study (Austudy).
3.3.4.70 Austudy & Progress Rules for Tertiary Study Replaced information relating to honours study with link to new topic 3.3.4.90 Honours Study (Austudy).
3.3.4.80 Austudy & the Impact of Previous Study Replaced information relating to honours study with link to new topic 3.3.4.90 Honours Study (Austudy).
3.3.4.90 Honours Study (Austudy) Added new topic.
3.6.4.10 Qualification for CP Added link to definition of terminal illness.
3.6.7.30 Qualification for CA Added link to definition of terminal illness.
3.6.7.60 Qualification during Temporary Absence from the Private Home - Hospitalisation Amended policy reference.
3.7.1.20 Payability of SpB Replaced policy reference for start days.
3.7.2.50 SpB for Expectant Mothers Replace references to FA with FTB.
3.7.2.70 SpB for Customers Under 18 Years of Age Incorporated changes from the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002.
3.7.2.80 SpB for Australian Citizen Children in the Custody of a Non-permanent Resident Clarified what 'at home' rate of YA is payable to additional Australian citizen Children.
3.7.5.10 What is the SpB Activity Test? Incorporated changes from the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002.
3.7.5.20 Who does the SpB Activity Test Apply to? Incorporated changes from the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002.
3.7.5.30 SpB Activity Test Exemptions Incorporated changes from the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002.
3.7.5.40 Non-compliance with SpB Activity Tests Incorporated changes from the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002.
3.7.5.50 SpB Activity Agreements Added new topic.
3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income Updated allowable income rates for a customer to qualify for a low income HCC.
4.2.3 Pensions & Benefits Assets Tests & Limits Clarified payments affected by the benefits assets test and removed incorrect act references.
4.4.1.20 Operation of Deeming Added information on background to deeming, and changes to deeming rates.
4.6.7.70 Determining Severe Financial Hardship - Drawings From an Unincorporated Business Amended paragraph to clarify hardship and drawings.
4.10.7.60 Historical Income Limits for Low Income HCC from 20/9/96 Updated historical income limits for low income HCC.
5.1.6.30 CrP Current Rates Clarified which procedures to follow if unable to establish the maximum basic rate of YA when a customer has been released from gaol or psychiatric confinement.
5.1.7.10 RA - Current Rates Updated rates.
5.1.7.20 PhA Current Rates Clarified customer status for current rates.
5.1.8.10 Common Pension Rates Updated rates.
5.1.8.20 Common Benefit Rates Updated rates.
5.2.1.20 Single Unemployment & Sickness Benefit - November 1984 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.1.30 Married Unemployment & Sickness Benefit - November 1984 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.1.40 Additional Benefit for Child & Mothers & Guardian's Allowance & RA - November 1984 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.2.10 Rates of Pension - July 1909 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.2.20 Additional Payments - April 1943 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.3.10 Widow Class A, Supporting Parent's Benefit, Sole Parent Pension - Rates from July 1942 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.3.30 Widow B, C & D Pension, Bereavement Allowance - July 1942 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.4.40 RA (families with children) - December 1987 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.4.50 Parenting Payment & Associated Rates - July 1995 to Present Date Updated rates.
5.2.6.10 RA Rates - June 1990 to Present Date Updated rates.
9.2.6 Visa Subclass 447 Secondary Movement Offshore Added entitlement to HCC.
9.2.7 Visa Subclass 451 Secondary Movement Relocation Added entitlement to HCC.
10.4.5.30 Transfer of Contributions - Agreement with Italy Clarified transfer of contributions.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1479G # Date 3 March 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.180 Approval of courses (YA) Added term 'or qualification of the same standing' in regards to Masters or Doctorate studies.
1.1.C.70 Category 1 student (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.C.80 Category 2 student (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.E.50 Eligibility period (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.F.140 Financial supplement (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.P.410 Principal (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.Q.40 Qualifying Study (Austudy, YA, PES, FAA) Added term 'or qualification of the same standing' in regards to Masters or Doctorate studies.
1.1.R.20 Real Rate of Interest (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.R.80 Recent workforce experience (PA, MAA, WA) Clarified examples of periods of leave and voluntary work.
1.1.S.10 Safety net (HCC, PCC, CSHC) Clarified the definition of safety net and updated the safety net limits.
1.1.T.120 Trade back amount (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.1.T.130 Trade in amount (SFSS) Updated act reference.
1.2.6.30. Crisis Payment (CrP) -Description Added information on residence requirements for CrP.
3.1.1.20 Residence in External Territories Clarified payments that periods of residence in external territories count toward periods of residence for.
3.1.4.05 Payability During Periods in Gaol or Psychiatric Confinement Updated to reflect Full Federal Court decision of Franks. Social security payments may be payable to a person held in a psychiatric institution because of a criminal charge, if they are undertaking a course of rehabilitation.
3.1.4.10 Situations that Constitute Being in Gaol or Psychiatric Confinement Updated to reflect Full Federal Court decision of Franks. Social security payments may be payable to a person held in a psychiatric institution because of a criminal charge, if they are undertaking a course of rehabilitation.
3.1.4.15 Person Undertaking a Course of Rehabilitation Updated to reflect Full Federal Court decision of Franks. Social security payments may be payable to a person held in a psychiatric institution because of a criminal charge, if they are undertaking a course of rehabilitation.
3.1.5.10 When do Bereavement Payments Apply? Updated to reflect adult and child bereavement payments.
3.1.5.20 General Provisions for Bereavement Payments Clarified general provisions for bereavement payments.
3.1.5.25 Bereavement Payment for Singles Added new topic.
3.1.5.60 Extra Bereavement Payment Provisions for Pensioners Moved information in this topic to 3.1.5.25.
3.2.3.35 Move to Area of Lower Employment Clarified 'family member' definition.
3.2.10.40 Approved Course of Study for YA Added term 'or qualification of the same standing' in regards to Masters or Doctorate studies.
3.3.3.10 Qualification for Austudy Added term 'or qualification of the same standing' in regards to Masters or Doctorate studies.
3.3.4.10 Approved Courses of Study for Austudy Added term 'or qualification of the same standing' in regards to Masters or Doctorate studies.
3.7.1.90 Supplementary Benefits & Assistance for SpB Recipients Added residence requirements for CrP.
3.7.4.10 Qualification for CrP - General Provisions Added residence requirements for CrP.
3.8.2.20 PhA for DVA Customers Clarified the rules.
3.8.3.20 PES Qualifying Study for Tertiary Students Added term 'or qualification of the same standing' in regards to Masters or Doctorate studies.
3.8.4.20 SFSS for Category 1 Students Updated act reference.
3.8.4.30 Determining the Amount of the Financial Supplement Updated act reference and example for periods of both category 1 and 2.
3.8.4.40 Cut-off Dates for SFSS Updated act reference.
3.8.4.50 Continuation of Variation of the Financial Supplement Updated act reference.
3.8.4.60 Cessation of the Financial Supplement Updated act reference.
3.8.4.70 Repayment of the Financial Supplement Updated act reference.
3.8.4.80 Repayment of the Financial Supplement - After the Contract Ends Updated act reference and repayment rates.
3.8.7.10 Qualification for TAL Added qualification criteria when payment is MAA under 2.12B, clarified extended qualification circumstances (DSP) and added details that telephone subscriber can also include a subscriber to mobile phone service.
3.8.7.20 Payability of TAL Updated qualification policy and references.
3.9.1.30 HCC Benefits Updated concessional rate for prescriptions.
3.9.2.20 PCC Benefits Clarified concessions available to PCC holders.
3.9.2.30 Termination of Payment Attracting PCC Amended details for PPS customers to reflect legislation.
3.9.3.20 CSHC Benefits Updated concessional rate for prescriptions.
4.2.2 Benefits Income Test & Limits Updated income free area in benefits income test.
4.2.8.10 Dependant YA Parental Income Test & Limits Updated parental income free area as indexed 1/1/03.
4.2.8.20 Dependent YA Family Assets Test & Limits Updated assets limit in line with indexation 1/1/03.
4.2.8.50 Full-time Students - Personal Income test, Limits & Student Income Bank Clarified who has access to the student income bank.
4.3.2.30 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Legislated Clarified value of emergency relief or like assistance.
4.3.3.60 Other Income Exempt from Assessment - Legislated Clarified the value of emergency relief or like assistance and exempt lump sums.
4.7.1.70 Assessment of Assets for Sole Traders Amended the exception under the heading Assessable assets for all businesses - changed discount for YA business assets from 50% to 75%.
4.8.2.10 Principles for Assessing Superannuation Investments Added historical policy on withdrawal income rules.
4.8.2.30 General Provisions for Assessing Withdrawals of Superannuation Benefits (Deleted) Deleted the existing text and included reference on where to find the historical policy.
4.8.2.40 Assessing Withdrawals from Superannuation Benefits Updated the treatment of withdrawal amounts from superannuation investments.
4.8.2.50 Treatment of Non-Customer Partner's Superannuation Investments Updated the treatment of non-customer partner's superannuation investments.
4.9.2.30 Commuting an Asset-Test Exempt Income Stream to a Lump Sum Added means test treatment of income streams when ownership changes.
4.9.3.10 Income Assessment of Assets-Test Exempt Income Streams Added example where present value of income stream must be assessed when ownership changes.
4.12.3.30 Testamentary Trusts Updated dates used in example.
5.4.6.10 Qualification for Special Employment Advance Payments Updated income free area.
9.2.2 Visa subclass 126 Independent Entrant Changed Assurance of Support to Discretionary.
9.2.2 Visa subclass 136 Skilled Independent Removed Sponsor requirement.
9.2.2 Visa subclass 137 Skilled State/Territory - nominated Independent Removed Sponsor requirement.
9.2.5 Visa Subclass 309 Spouse (Provisional) Added eligibility for HCC.
9.2.5 Visa Subclass 310 Interdependency (Provisional) Added eligibility for HCC.
9.2.11 Visa Subclass 820 Spouse (Provisional) Added eligibility for HCC.
9.2.11 Visa Subclass 826 Interdependency (Provisional) Added eligibility for HCC.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1478G # Date 3 February 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
3.2.5.80 YA - Self-supporting through Paid Employment Corrected legislative reference.
3.2.10.10 Satisfying the YA activity test Added breach information on failure to satisfy the YA activity test.
3.2.10.30 YA Full-time students Clarified information and procedures regarding continuing students and Honours study.
3.2.10.100 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress - Allowable Time Rules Clarified information and procedures regarding continuing students and Honours study.
3.3.4.20 Austudy & full-time tertiary Students Clarified information and procedures regarding continuing students and Honours study.
3.3.4.70 Austudy & Progress Rules for Tertiary Study Clarified information and procedures regarding continuing students and Honours study.
3.3.4.80 Austudy and Impact of previous study Clarified information and procedures regarding continuing students and Honours study.
3.6.6.20 Payability of MOB Removed reference to other benefits to customers with a sales tax exemption.
3.4.1.60 Continuation, Variation or Termination of Age Deleted Centrelink as a named party to the Memorandum of Understanding between FaCS and DVA.
3.6.6.70 Supplementary Benefits & Assistance for MOB Recipients Removed paragraph on HCC entitlement during the GST preclusion period.
3.8.4.10 Eligibility & General Rules for SFSS Updated SFSS legislation reference.
3.8.9.30 Determining the FAA Reimbursement Updated motor vehicle allowance rates for YA fares allowance.
4.2.8.20 Dependent YA - Family Assets Test & Limits Added exemption criteria from YA family asset test.
9.2.2 Visa Subclasses 100-149 Payment Eligibility

Qualified residence exemption for social security payments and added procedure for confirmation of provisional visa for subclasses 100 and 110.

Clarified assurance of support start date for visas 103, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 138 & 139.

9.2.11 Visa Subclasses 800-849 Payment Eligibility

Qualified residence exemption for social security payments for subclasses 801, 814, 832 and 833.

Added procedure for confirmation of provisional visa for subclasses 801 and 814.

Clarified assurance of support start date for visas 804, 806, 836, 837 & 838.

9.2.12 Visa Subclasses 850-899 Payment Eligibility Clarified assurance of support start date for visa 859.
10.4 Agreement with Italy Added new chapter.

Guide to Social Security Law Update 1477G # Date 6 January 2003

Topic No Topic Title Details
1.1.A.375 AWOTE, relevant AWOTE, AWOTE weeks Updated with latest available AWOTE figures.
1.1.B.05 Base amount payment split New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.C.355 Court order New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.D.45 Deduction amount New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.F.55 Family law affected income stream New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.F.155 Flag-lifting agreement New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.G.69 Growth phase New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.M.131 Member spouse New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.N.115 Non member spouse New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.N.135 Notional purchase price New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.O.25 Operative time New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.O.35 Original family law affected (FLA) income streams New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.P.126 Payment flag New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.P.128 Payment phase New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.P.175 Percentage payment split New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.P.385 Primary family law affected (FLA) income stream New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.P.430 Profoundly disabled child (CP) Revised to take into account legislative amendments to the eligibility criteria for CP for profoundly disabled children.
1.1.S.57 Secondary family law affected (FLA) income stream New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.S.416 Superannuation agreement New definition for 'Super and Divorce' (means test assessment of income streams split as part of a divorce property settlement).
1.1.T.190 Two or more disabled children (CP) Revised to take into account legislative amendments to the eligibility criteria for CP for profoundly disabled children.
2.2.7 Newstart & Youth Allowance Verification Added requirement to verify assets for LAWP.
3.2.1.80 Variable Reporting for NSA Changed reduced reporting to variable reporting.
3.3.1.30 Payability of PA Removed part of explanation in exemption - non-payment period about partners in prison.
3.3.3.20 Payability of Austudy Removed reference to ordinary waiting period.
3.3.3.40 Supplementary Benefits & Assistance for Austudy Recipients Clarified that PhA is the only benefit which Austudy students need to be over 60 years of age to receive.
3.4.7.20 Registration for PBS Included a further example of rejection of a customer's application for registration in the PBS.
3.4.7.50 Non-accruing Membership of PBS Included reference to non-accruing membership under SSAct section 92Q.
3.7.2.80 SpB for Australian Citizen Children in the Custody of a Non-permanent Resident Clarified eligibility for children under preschool age and changed details in 'Determining the rate of payment'.
3.7.5.30 SpB Activity Test Exemptions Incorporated changes from Family and Community services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002)
3.8.3.20 PES Qualifying Study for Tertiary Students Clarified qualifying study from 1 January or 1 July and continuing students.
4.3.2.10 Income Received to cover expenses Replaced information on Ministers of Religion with link to new topic 4.3.3.55 Income Test Treatment of Ministers of Religion.
4.3.3.20 Income from Employment or Independent Contracting Replaced information on Ministers of Religion with link to new topic 4.3.3.55 Income Test Treatment of Ministers of Religion.
4.3.3.55 Income Test Treatment of Ministers of Religion New topic.
4.3.3.60 Deferred Income, Salary Sacrifice& Fringe Benefits Replaced information on Ministers of Religion with link to new topic 4.3.3.55 Income Test Treatment of Ministers of Religion.
4.3.3.70 Income from General Employee Entitlements & Redundancy Scheme (GEERS) Changed reference and information from EESS to GEERS.
4.3.4.10 Application of the Income Maintenance Period (IMP) Changed references from EESS to GEERS.
4.3.5.10 Assessing Income from DVA Added reference that VCES is a multiple entitlement exclusion for YA and clarified treatment of income support supplement (ISS) when a client's partner receives ISS.
4.3.5.30 About DVA Disability Pensions Clarified treatment of DVA ancillary allowances.
4.6.5.40 Assessing Shares in Public Companies Clarified exchange traded options.
4.6.7.50 Unrealisable Assets - Unable or Unreasonable to Sell or Borrow Against Clarified that when an asset is located in a declared exceptional circumstances area that a customer may be unable to sell or borrow against the asset.
4.6.7.130 Rate Calculation Under the Hardship Provisions Reorganised the table which shows the rate calculation for hardship provisions.
4.9.6 Means Test Assessment of Income Streams Split as Part of a Divorce Property Settlement New section.
4.10.7.60 Historical Low Income HCC Limits Updated historical income limits.
5.1.1.20 YA - Current Rates Updated for January rate indexation.
5.1.2.30 Austudy - Current Rates Updated for January rate indexation.
5.1.4.60 DOP - Current Rate Updated for January rate indexation.
5.1.5.10 DSP - Current Rates Updated for January rate indexation.
5.1.5.30 SA - Current Rates Corrected link to current payment rates.
5.1.5.40 MOB - Current Rate Updated for January rate indexation.
5.1.5.50 CA - Current Rate Updated for January rate indexation.
5.2.1.20 Single Unemployment & Sickness Benefit - November 1984 to Present Date Updated for January rate indexation.
5.2.1.50 Youth Related Payments - July 1986 to Present Date Updated for January rate indexation.
5.2.4.20 Family Payment, FA Rates (Non-standard) - October 1973 to Present Date Updated for January rate indexation.
5.2.5.10 MOB - April 1983 to Present Date Updated for January rate indexation.
5.2.5.20 CA, CDA & HCA - December 1974 to Present Date, DNCB 1987 to 1999 Updated for January rate indexation.
5.2.6.50 PhA Rates - 01/11/90 to Present Updated for January rate indexation.
6.1.1.20 Causes & Types of Income & Assets Amended review criteria.
6.1.2.50 Reviews - Business, Self-employment & Trusts Amended review criteria.
7.1.5.60 Portability Table Added information on eligible medical treatment.
10.1.3.20 Persons Covered by Agreements Amended rule of coverage.
10.5 Agreement with Canada Added new chapter.
10.6 Agreement with Spain Added new chapter.
10.10.100 Glossary - Terms applicable to the Agreement with Portugal Added definition of Portuguese Contributory Payments and amended Portuguese Non-Contributory Benefits.
10.14 Agreement with Germany Added new chapter.
10.15.4.10 Who Can Lodge Claims Under the Agreement with the USA Clarified policy.