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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 771NY

Effect of death of surviving partner

                   If:

                     (a)  a surviving partner is qualified for payments under this Subdivision in relation to the death of the deceased partner; and

                     (b)  the surviving partner dies within the bereavement period; and

                     (c)  the Secretary does not become aware of the death of the deceased partner before the surviving partner dies;

there is payable as a lump sum, to any person that the Secretary thinks appropriate, an amount worked out using the following Lump Sum Calculator:

LUMP SUM CALCULATOR

This is how to work out the amount of the lump sum:

Method statement

Step 1.   Work out the amount that would have been payable to the surviving partner on the surviving partner's payday immediately after the day on which the surviving partner died if:

               (a)     neither the surviving partner nor the deceased partner had died; and

              (b)     if immediately before the deceased partner's death the couple were an illness separated couple or a respite care couple--they were not such a couple.

                   Note:             For illness separated couple and respite care couple see subsections 4(7) and 4(8) respectively.

Step 2.   Work out the amount that would have been payable to the deceased partner on the surviving partner's payday immediately after the day on which the surviving partner died if:

               (a)     neither the surviving partner nor the deceased partner had died; and

              (b)     if immediately before the deceased partner's death the couple were an illness separated couple or a respite care couple--they were not such a couple.

                   Note:             For illness separated couple and respite care couple see subsections 4(7) and 4(8) respectively.

Step 3.   Add the results of Step 1 and Step 2: the result is called the combined rate .

Step 4.   Work out the amount that, but for section 771NU, would have been payable to the surviving partner on the surviving partner's payday immediately after the day on which the surviving partner died if he or she had not died: the result is called the surviving partner's individual rate .

Step 5.   Take the surviving partner's individual rate away from the combined rate: the result is called the deceased partner's instalment component .

Step 6.   Work out the number of the surviving partner's paydays in the period that commences on the day on which the surviving partner dies and ends on the day on which the bereavement period ends.

Step 7.   Multiply the deceased partner's instalment component by the number obtained in Step 6: the result is the amount of the lump sum payable under this section.



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