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1.1.P.220 PPL Rules


The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make PPL Rules. The PPL Rules provide for matters required or permitted by the PPLAct or necessary or convenient to be provided in order to carry out or give effect to the PPLAct.

Disallowable legislative instruments must be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. Once registered, decisions may be made on the basis of the legislative instrument from its date of commencement.

Once registered, disallowable legislative instruments are tabled in each House of Parliament on a sitting day that occurs within 6 sitting days after the instrument has been registered. An instrument may be disallowed by either House in whole or part, at any time within 15 sitting days of the instrument being tabled in that House. The combined effect of the Legislation Act 2003 section 13 and section 42, and the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 subsection 7(2)(b), is that disallowance does not affect any decisions made pursuant to the instrument prior to a disallowance.

The PPL Rules are a disallowable legislative instrument.

The PPL Rules 2021 commenced on 1 April 2021.

The PPL Rules 2010 commenced on 25 December 2010 and sunset on 1 April 2021.

The PPL Rules (among other things):

  • specify exceptional circumstances in which a PPL or special PPL claim can be made and the eligibility criteria to be met by particular categories of claimants in exceptional circumstances
  • provide more detail about the defined concepts 'paid work' and 'paid leave'
  • set out the information that an employer and Centrelink must provide a PLP recipient after an instalment of PLP is paid, and the records to be kept by employers
  • may prescribe guidelines for the operation of the interest charge on debts
  • provide guidelines for giving public interest certificates, and
  • extend the PPLAct to persons who are not employees and employers.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 298 The PPL rules, section 276 How this Act applies to claims made in exceptional circumstances

Legislation Act 2003

PPL Rules

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.6 Who is a PPL claimant for PLP?, 2.7 Who is a special PPL claimant for PLP?, 2.2 PPL scheme work test for PLP, 4.3.5 Obligations of employers relating to paying instalments of PLP, Record of payment of PLP, 6.3.3 Interest charge on debts, 8.1.5 Persons who are not employees or employers

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