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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 92C

Qualification for pension bonus

                   A person is qualified for a pension bonus if:

                     (a)  both:

                              (i)  the person starts to receive an age pension at or after the time when the person makes a claim for the pension bonus; and

                             (ii)  that age pension is received otherwise than because of a scheduled international social security agreement (see section 5 of the Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999 ); and

                     (b)  the person has not received an age pension at any time before making a claim for the pension bonus; and

                     (c)  the person is registered as a member of the pension bonus scheme; and

                     (d)  the person has accrued at least one full-year bonus period while registered as a member of the pension bonus scheme; and

                     (e)  the person has not received:

                              (i)  a social security pension (other than an age pension or a carer payment); or

                             (ii)  a social security benefit; or

                            (iii)  a service pension (other than a carer service pension); or

                            (iv)  an income support supplement (other than an income support supplement that is payable as a result of the operation of subclause 8(3) of Schedule 5 to the Veterans' Entitlements Act); or

                             (v)  a veteran payment;

                            at any time after the person qualified for an age pension; and

Note:       Even though the person may not have actually received an amount of social security pension or benefit because the rate of the pension or benefit was nil, in some cases the person will be taken to have received the pension or benefit if adjusted disability pension (within the meaning of section 118NA of the Veterans' Entitlements Act) was payable to the person or the person's partner: see subsection 23(1D) of this Act.

                      (f)  the person has not already received:

                              (i)  another pension bonus; or

                             (ii)  a bonus under Part IIIAB of the Veterans' Entitlements Act; or

                            (iii)  DFISA bonus under Part VIIAB of the Veterans' Entitlements Act.

Note:          Subclause 8(3) of Schedule 5 to the Veterans' Entitlements Act deals with income support supplement for carers.



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