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Qualification rules

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2) and sections 1061ZJA and 1061ZJB, a person is qualified for a seniors health card on a day if, on that day, the person:

                     (a)  has reached pension age; and

                     (b)  is an Australian resident or a special category visa holder residing in Australia; and

                     (c)  is in Australia; and

                     (d)  satisfies the seniors health card income test; and

                     (e)  is not receiving a social security pension or benefit; and

                      (f)  is not receiving a service pension, income support supplement or a veteran payment; and

                     (g)  is not subject to a newly arrived resident's waiting period.

Note:          If the person is temporarily absent from Australia, the person continues to be qualified for a seniors health card for a maximum period of up to 6 weeks (see Division 4).

             (2)  A person is not qualified for a seniors health card on a day if:

                     (a)  the person has failed to comply with section 1061ZJ in respect of the reference tax year; or

                    (aa)  on that day the person is the holder of a seniors health card under the Veterans' Entitlements Act; or

                     (b)  where the person made an estimate of taxable income for the reference tax year and the estimate was accepted--the person did not give the Secretary a copy of a notice of assessment of the person's taxable income for that tax year within 52 weeks after the end of that tax year.

Note:          If a person is qualified for a seniors health card, the Secretary must not make a determination granting a claim for the card in certain circumstances if the Secretary makes a request under subsection 75(2) or (3) of the Administration Act of the person (about providing tax file numbers): see subsection 77(1) of that Act.

             (3)  In subsection (2):

"reference tax year" has the same meaning as in the Seniors Health Card Income Test Calculator.

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