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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 1061ZJA

Modifications if person's rate of social security pension is nil on 1 January 2017

             (1)  This section applies in relation to a person if:

                     (a)  immediately before 1 January 2017, the person was receiving a social security pension; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the rate of that pension is nil on 1 January 2017 because of the operation of the amendments made by Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Pensions) Act 2015 .

Seniors health card income test does not apply

             (2)  In determining whether the person is qualified for a seniors health card at any time on or after 1 January 2017, paragraph 1061ZG(1)(d) does not apply to the person.

Automatic issue of seniors health card

             (3)  If the person is qualified for a seniors health card on 1 January 2017, the Secretary must issue a seniors health card to the person.

Note:          The person does not need to make a claim for the card.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  on 1 January 2017, the person is outside Australia; and

                     (b)  the person returns to Australia before the end of the period of 19 weeks beginning on the day the person left Australia; and

                     (c)  the person is qualified for a seniors health card on the day the person returns to Australia;

the Secretary must issue a seniors health card to the person.

Note 1:       The person does not need to make a claim for the card.

Note 2:       If the person returns to Australia after the end of that 19-week period, the person will need to make a claim for a seniors health card.



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