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Statement by plan nominee regarding disposal of money

             (1)  The CEO may give the plan nominee of a participant a notice that requires the nominee to give the Agency a statement about a matter relating to the disposal by the nominee of an NDIS amount paid to the nominee on behalf of the participant.

             (2)  A notice under subsection (1):

                     (a)  must specify how the plan nominee is to give the statement to the Agency; and

                     (b)  must specify the period within which the plan nominee is to give the statement to the Agency.

             (3)  A notice under subsection (1) is not ineffective only because it does not comply with paragraph (2)(a).

             (4)  The period specified under paragraph (2)(b) must not end earlier than 14 days after the day the notice is given.

             (5)  A statement given in response to a notice under subsection (1) must be in accordance with a form approved by the CEO.

             (6)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is a plan nominee; and

                     (b)  the person refuses or fails to comply with a notice under subsection (1).

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

             (7)  Subsection (6) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

          (7A)  It is a reasonable excuse for an individual to refuse or fail to comply with a notice under subsection (1) on the ground that to do so might tend to incriminate the individual or expose the individual to a penalty.

             (8)  An offence against subsection (6) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

             (9)  This section extends to:

                     (a)  acts, omissions, matters and things outside Australia, whether or not in a foreign country; and

                     (b)  all persons, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship.

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