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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 21

Bereavement definitions

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

"partner bereavement payment" means a payment under section 83, 146G, 238, 514B, 660YKD, 771NW or 823.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, if a person dies:

                     (a)  the bereavement period in relation to the person's death is the period of 14 weeks that starts on the day on which the person dies; and

                     (b)  the bereavement notification day in relation to the person's death is the day on which the Secretary becomes aware of the death; and

                     (c)  the first available bereavement adjustment payday in relation to the person's death is the first payday of the person after the bereavement notification day for which it is practicable to terminate or adjust payments under this Act to take account of the person's death; and

                     (d)  the bereavement rate continuation period in relation to the person's death is the period:

                              (i)  that begins on the day on which the bereavement period begins; and

                             (ii)  that ends:

                                        (A)  if the first available bereavement adjustment payday is before the end of the bereavement period--on the day before the first available bereavement adjustment payday; or

                                        (B)  if the first available bereavement adjustment payday occurs on or after the day on which the bereavement period ends--the day on which the bereavement period ends; and

                     (e)  there is a bereavement lump sum period in relation to the person's death if the first available bereavement adjustment payday occurs before the end of the bereavement period and the bereavement lump sum period is the period that begins on the first available bereavement adjustment payday and ends on the day on which the bereavement period ends.



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