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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 1061PE

Concessional study-load students

             (1)  For the purposes of this Subdivision, there are 2 classes of concessional study-load students, namely:

                     (a)  25% concessional study-load students; and

                     (b)  66% concessional study-load students.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Subdivision, a person is a 25% concessional study-load student in respect of a course if this subsection applies to the person and:

                     (a)  in the case of a person who is enrolled in the course for a particular study period (such as, for example, a semester)--the person is undertaking at least one quarter, but less than three quarters, of the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course for that period; or

                     (b)  in the case of a person who intends to enrol in the course for a particular study period--the person intends to undertake at least one quarter, but less than three quarters, of the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course for that period.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Subdivision, a person is a 66% concessional study-load student in respect of a course if this subsection applies to the person and:

                     (a)  in the case of a person who is enrolled in the course for a particular study period (such as, for example, a semester)--the person is undertaking at least two thirds, but less than three quarters, of the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course for that period; or

                     (b)  in the case of a person who intends to enrol in the course for a particular study period--the person intends to undertake at least two thirds, but less than three quarters, of the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course for that period.

Note:          For normal amount of full-time study see section 1061PF.

             (4)  Subsection (2) applies to a person if:

                     (a)  an officer in the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service or an appropriate medical practitioner who has a detailed knowledge of the person's physical condition has stated in writing that:

                              (i)  the person has a substantial physical disability; and

                             (ii)  the person cannot successfully undertake the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course because of the disability; or

                     (b)  a medical practitioner specialising in psychiatry has stated in writing that:

                              (i)  the person has a substantial psychiatric disability; and

                             (ii)  the person cannot successfully undertake the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course because of the disability; or

                     (c)  a psychologist who is registered with the Australian Psychologist Society has stated in writing that the person:

                              (i)  has an intellectual disability; and

                             (ii)  cannot successfully undertake the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course because of the disability; or

                     (d)  the person is receiving:

                              (i)  a disability support pension, a carer payment, a pension PP (single), a youth allowance or a jobseeker payment under this Act; or

                             (ii)  an invalidity service pension or a carer service pension under the Veterans' Entitlements Act; or

                     (e)  the person has a dependent child aged less than 16 years and:

                             (ii)  is a sole parent and is receiving a special benefit under this Act; or

                            (iii)  is receiving a widow allowance under this Act; or

                            (iv)  is receiving a pension under Part II of the Veterans' Entitlements Act; or

                             (v)  is receiving pension under Part IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act; or

                            (vi)  has received, or is entitled to receive, compensation for permanent impairment under section 68, 71 or 75 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act; or

                           (vii)  is receiving a Special Rate Disability Pension under Part 6 of Chapter 4 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act; or

                          (viii)  is receiving, or has received, the weekly amount mentioned in paragraph 234(1)(b) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (including a reduced weekly amount because of a choice under section 236 of that Act) or a lump sum mentioned in subsection 236(5) of that Act.

             (5)  Subsection (3) applies to a person if:

                     (a)  the person cannot undertake the course as a full-time student because of:

                              (i)  the relevant educational institution's usual requirements for the course; or

                             (ii)  a specific direction in writing to the person from the academic registrar or an equivalent officer; or

                     (b)  the academic registrar (or an equivalent officer) of the relevant educational institution recommends in writing that the person undertake less than the normal amount of full-time study in respect of the course for specified academic or vocational reasons for a period not exceeding half an academic year.



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