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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 1206T

Reduction of special employment advance deduction in cases of severe financial hardship

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2) and sections 1206U and 1206V, if:

                     (a)  a person applies in writing to the Secretary for a special employment advance deduction to be decreased, or to be stopped, because of severe financial hardship; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that:

                              (i)  the person's circumstances are exceptional and could not reasonably have been foreseen at the time of the person's claim for the special employment advance; and

                             (ii)  the person would suffer severe financial hardship if the special employment advance deduction that would otherwise apply were to continue;

the Secretary may determine in writing that, for the period stated in the determination, the special employment advance deduction is to be a lesser amount (which may be a nil amount) stated in the determination.

             (2)  At any time while the determination is in force, the Secretary may:

                     (a)  vary the determination so as to require to be deducted from the person's rate a special employment advance deduction larger than the deduction (if any) previously applying under the determination, but smaller than the deduction applying immediately before the determination; or

                     (b)  revoke the determination;

but only if the Secretary is satisfied that the person would not suffer severe financial hardship because of the variation or revocation.

             (3)  A variation or revocation of a determination must be in writing.



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