Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment) Determination 2009 (No. 2)

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Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment) Determination 2009 (No. 2)
Social Security Act 1991
 
I, JENNY MACKLIN, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, make this Determination under subsection 1061L(2) of the Social Security Act 1991.
 
Dated                         8th February                           2009
 
 
 
J Macklin
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
 
 
1                    Name of Determination
 
This Determination is the Social Security (Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment) Determination 2009 (No. 2).
 
2                    Commencement
 
This Determination commences on the day it is signed.
 
3                    Definitions
 
In this Determination:
 
Act means the Social Security Act 1991.
 
destroyed in relation to a person’s principal place of residence includes a residence being damaged to the extent that it must be demolished.
 
 
 
major damage in relation to a person’s principal place of residence means:
 
(a)       at least one-quarter of the residence has been damaged; or
 
(b)               the residence has experienced sewerage failure for a period of 24 hours or more, or sewerage contamination; or
 
(c)               the residence has been declared structurally unsound as supported by evidence.
 
seriously injured in relation to a person means:
 
(a)               the person has sustained injury; and
 
(b)               either:
 
(i)                 the person was admitted to hospital; or
 
(ii)               under normal circumstances, the person required admittance to hospital.
 
unable to return in relation to a person’s principal place of residence means the person could not return to their principal place of residence as supported by evidence.
 
4                    Principal place of residence
 
In this Determination, a place is to be regarded as the person’s principal place of residence if:
 
(a)       the place is a place in which the person normally resides; and
 
(b)       the person has a right or licence entitling the person to lawfully reside in that place.
 
5                    Person taken to be adversely affected by disaster
 
For subsection 1061L(2) of the Act, a person is adversely affected by a major disaster mentioned in Schedule 1 if the person is affected in the way mentioned in Schedule 2.
 
 
Schedule 1        Major Disaster
                             (section 5)
 
The bushfires in the State of Victoria:
 
(a)   that started during the period 29 January 2009 to February 2009; and
 
(b)   that continued in February 2009; and
 
(c)   if they continue after February 2009 — that continued in March 2009.
 
Schedule 2        Adverse circumstances
                             (section 5)
 
As a direct result of the major disaster mentioned in Schedule 1:
 
(a)          a person is seriously injured; or
 
(b)          a person is;
 
(i)   an immediate family member of an Australian killed; and
 
(ii)  the first immediate family member to make a claim for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment in respect of the major disaster mentioned in Schedule 1;
or
 
(c)          a person’s principal place of residence has been destroyed; or
 
(d)          a person’s principal place of residence has sustained major damage; or
 
(e)          a person is unable to return to their principal place of residence for a period of 24 hours or more.
For the purposes of paragraph (b) of this schedule, Australian means a person who immediately prior to their death, satisfied subparagraph 1061K(1)(b)(i), (ii) or (iv) of the Act. 
For the purposes of paragraph (b) of this schedule, the person will be regarded as an immediate family member of an Australian killed in the major disaster (the deceased) if the person in relation to the deceased was:
(i)                 the deceased person’s partner; or
(ii)               the deceased person’s natural child, adoptive child or stepchild; or
(iii)             the deceased person’s natural parent, adoptive parent or step‑parent; or
(iv)              the deceased person’s legal guardian; or
(v)                the deceased person’s brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister.

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