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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 502A

People 55 and over who are engaged in work

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the Secretary must not notify under subsection 502(1) a person in respect of a period (the relevant period ) if the person has reached 55 years and:

                     (a)  is engaged in approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation for at least 30 hours in the period; or

                     (b)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the period in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable; or

                     (c)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

             (2)  This section does not apply to a person in respect of a day in a relevant period if, in respect of the person, having regard to the opportunities, or possible opportunities, for employment that become available to the person on or before the day, the Secretary considers that this section is not to apply to the person in respect of that day.

             (3)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  approved voluntary unpaid work is work that has been approved by the Secretary for the purposes of this section; and

                     (b)  an approved organisation is an organisation that has been approved by the Secretary for the purposes of this section.



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