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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 660YCG

Educational and other schemes exclusion

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a mature age allowance is not payable to a person for a period if a payment has been or may be made in respect of the person for that period under:

                     (a)  a prescribed educational scheme other than the ABSTUDY Scheme to the extent that it applies to part-time students; or

                     (b)  the scheme to provide an allowance known as the Maintenance Allowance for Refugees.

Note:          For prescribed educational scheme see section 5.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  a person enrols in a full-time course of education; and

                     (b)  a payment under a scheme referred to in subsection (1) may be made in respect of the person;

the Secretary may decide that, in spite of subsection (1), mature age allowance is payable to the person for a period before the person starts the course.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  a person enrols in a full-time course of education; and

                     (b)  the course is to last for 6 months or longer; and

                     (c)  an application is made for a payment in respect of the person under:

                             (ii)  the ABSTUDY Schools Scheme; or

                            (iii)  the ABSTUDY Tertiary Scheme; and

                     (d)  the person was receiving mature age allowance immediately before the start of the course;

the Secretary may decide that, in spite of subsection (1), mature age allowance is payable to the person until:

                     (e)  the application is determined; or

                      (f)  the end of 3 weeks beginning on the day on which the course starts;

whichever happens first.



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