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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 1061S

Standard rate of telephone allowance

             (1)  The rate of telephone allowance for a person to whom section 1061SB (increased rate for home internet) does not apply is worked out using the following Table:

 

Standard rate of telephone allowance

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Person's situation

Column 3

Rate per year

1.

Not member of a couple

$88.00

3.

Partnered (partner getting neither social security pension nor social security benefit), and partner not a holder of a seniors health card

$44.00

4.

Partnered, and:

(a) partner getting pension or benefit; or

(b) partner is a holder of a seniors health card;

and:

(c) partner is not getting telephone allowance; and

(d) if the partner were taken to be qualified for telephone allowance, section 1061R would not prevent telephone allowance from being payable to the partner

$88.00

5.

Partnered, and:

(a) partner getting pension or benefit; or

(b) partner is a holder of a seniors health card;

and:

(c) partner is getting telephone allowance; or

(d) if the partner were taken to be qualified for telephone allowance, section 1061R would prevent telephone allowance from being payable to the partner

$44.00

6.

Member of an illness separated, temporarily separated or respite care couple

$88.00

7.

Partnered, and:

(a) partner not getting veterans supplement under section 118B of the Veterans' Entitlements Act; and

(b) partner not getting MRCA supplement under section 221 or 245 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act

$88.00

8.

Partnered, and:

(a) partner getting veterans supplement under section 118B of the Veterans' Entitlements Act; or

(b) partner getting MRCA supplement under section 221 or 245 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act

$44.00

9.

Partnered (partner in gaol)

$88.00

Note:          The amounts in column 3 are indexed or adjusted annually in line with CPI increases (see sections 1191 to 1194).

          (1A)  Item 7 does not apply to a person if any other item applies to the person.

             (2)  If item 8 applies to a person, item 3 does not apply to the person.

          (3A)  For the purposes of working out a person's rate of telephone allowance under subsection (1), the person's partner is taken to be the holder of a seniors health card if the partner:

                     (a)  is temporarily absent from Australia for a continuous period not exceeding 6 weeks; and

                     (b)  was the holder of a seniors health card immediately before leaving Australia.



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