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B60/1995 EXCHANGE RATE ADJUSTMENTS TO BRITISH DISABILITY PENSIONS PAID IN AUSTRALIA
DATE OF ISSUE: 15 NOVEMBER 1995
EXCHANGE RATE ADJUSTMENTS TO BRITISH DISABILITY PENSIONS PAID IN AUSTRALIA
1.Advice has been received from the British Department of Social Security (BDSS) to the effect that the exchange rate to be used for payment of the British component of Disability Pensions in Australia has been reviewed.
2.The new rate is to be put into effect on payday no. 11, 23 November 1995. The exchange rate will vary from $A2.18 to $A2.11 to one Pound Sterling (British pension rates charts are at Attachment B). The variation applies to the Hong Kong cases and to the EATS and Composite cases.
3.There will be no cases processed automatically. All cases will be listed for manual examination.
SERVICE PENSION CASES
4.Action schedules of cases requiring manual examination and variation by examiners was produced on 26 October 1995, in groups made up of the following:
Group ContentGroup Reference
Composite cases — 100
(with or without SP)
EATS cases — 200
(with or without SP)
Other overseas pensions — 300
(which may be affected)
Group 300 is to be processed via the PMF update transactions.
Groups 100 and 200 are to be processed via PIPS.
PUNCHING OF TRANSACTIONS FROM "ACTION" SCHEDULES EATS AND COMPOSITE CASES
Pay Period Codes
5.Pay period 11 (effective date 23 November 1995) should be entered. The day within the pay period field may be left blank.
Keyfast Batch Description
6.The manual transactions for EATS and Composite cases should be punched using keyfast batch description $PENSIO by cutoff for payday no. 11, 23 November 1995.
7.Control card formats for computer runs are at Attachment A.
CASES WITH SERVICE PENSION AND/OR AN AUSTRALIAN DP COMPONENT TO BE PROCESSED VIA PIPS (Groups 100,200)
8.For all cases involving EATS, Composite or Service Pension, whether automatic or manual method of assessment, the new rate of British pension must be updated on the Client Data Base (CDB) via PIPS. Due to the change in the British rate, these cases will be "MS" and determined by the delegate, or through manual authority on PIPS only.
9.It will not be necessary to prepare a D408, or equivalent in these cases; the schedule produced for dual SP/EATS/COMP cases to record the changes to the PMF may be used as an authority provided each record on that schedule is endorsed with the consecutive number automatically produced by PIPS and is signed by the delegate determining the case prior to transmission to Payment Administration. All such cases can be identified from the manual schedules listed by the ALO2, ALO3 runs (i.e. group 100, 200) and the new British rates should be deducted from the examiners' entries on those schedules.
NOTE: All entries on these schedules must be in Australian dollars.
10.The Advices System will generate an advice in cases where a payment variation is made. Examiners should action cases in the following manner:
11.Unless the total payment varies, the PIPS Advices screen should be accessed and production of an automatic advice suppressed. The Advice Indicator on the Action Schedule should be set to "Z".
12.Where a variation in total payments results the PIPS Advice screen should be accessed and the Suppress Income/Asset List Indicator set to "Y". This will result in production of a variation advice with no income and asset details. The Advice Indicator on the Action Schedule should be set to "Y".
13.Computer processing will be performed by MSU. A list of all relevant cases was produced on 26 October 1995.
14.The contact officer for this exercise is:
Joel O'Brien(06) 289 6078 (Business Hours)
R J HAY
Z1200 — ALL3023802380
Z1100 — ALL3223802380
Z2200 — ALL3323802380
Z2100 — ALL0040014003
Z2200 — ALL0050015004
Z2300 — ALL0057005700