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C03/2012 Exchange Rate Variation of Pounds Sterling - Effect on Income Support & Disability Pensioners

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DATE OF ISSUE:  7 February 2012

Exchange Rate Variation of Pounds Sterling – Effect on Income Support & Disability Pensioners

Amends DI No.

N/A

Replaces DI No.

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Purpose of Instruction

The purpose of this Departmental Instruction is to provide information about the Pounds Sterling exchange rate variation exercise.

Introduction

Following the recent variation in UK – Australian exchange rates, DVA will apply a new exchange rate for the assessment of the rate of income support and disability pensions for those in receipt of all income paid in Pounds Sterling:

  • war disablement pensions (British DP, including EATS and Composite)
  • social security pensions
  • official public service pensions
  • armed forces superannuation pensions
  • British other income (all other British income)

New Exchange Rate

The exchange rate used to convert Pounds Sterling to Australian dollars for income support assessment purposes has changed from one Pound Sterling = A$1.4704 to one Pound Sterling equals A$1.4300 (i.e. A$1 = ?0.6993).

This rate reflects the average of the “on demand airmail buying rate” for the two weeks to 3 February 2012.

Date of Effect

10 January 2012

Effective from 7 February 2012 the current exchange rate will change.  On pension payday 23 February 2012 pensioners with relevant British income will receive a full instalment at the new assessed rate.

Automatic Processing

Processing to implement the new exchange rate is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, 7 February 2012.

Amounts recorded as foreign super type non-government British other income (07), British Social Security Pension (08) or British Official Public Service/Forces Pension (09) will be varied by applying the exchange rate to the pounds sterling amount recorded, to determine the new rate of pension in Australian dollars. The income support payment will then be reassessed automatically.

Manual Cases

Cases with actions in submission or determined status will not be processed automatically and will be frozen. These cases will be listed on the manual listing for follow up action, and CMS/PIPS cases will be created automatically for action.  Any cases processed through PIPS should be reassessed with effect from 7 February 2012 for payday 23 February 2012.

Non-Government British Other Income (07)

Previously non-government British other income (07) was refreshed every six months in March and September with other foreign currencies (GROOVER).  As a result of a review of British pensions approved by the Repatriation Commission all sterling payments, including British other income (07) are adjusted in uniform exchange rate variations.

British DP Cases

Income Support pensioners who are in receipt of ISS, age pension (AP) or service pension with rent assistance (SPRA); and, who also receive disability (war) pension direct from Britain should have that disability pension converted to Australian dollars using this exchange rate.  ISS, AP and SPRA should be recalculated by doing a PIPS assessment.  These cases can be extracted through AIS by each location.

Note: If DP has already been assessed as income in determining hardship cases it should not also be assessed as income for RA.

EATS and Composite Cases

EATS and Composite cases are subject to the daily exchange rate variation of plus or minus 2.5%.

These cases can be extracted through AIS by each location and recalculated by doing a PIPS assessment.  Attachment A shows the amount per fortnight in Australian dollars to be applied for the varying United Kingdom amounts.

For further details refer to Departmental Instruction DI C22/2005 issued by Veterans' Compensation.

Printing & Lodgement of Letters

The mailing house contractor will print, envelope and lodge the advice letters with Australia Post on or before 15 February 2012.

An advice letter will only be produced for cases where there is a variation in payment.  The letters will be four pages and include the new exchange rate, the amount of income and the new ongoing pension amount.  Joint letters will be produced where both members of a couple are in receipt of pension from the British government and their pension varies.  Age pensioners will receive separate advices unless joint advices have been requested.

Estimated Number of Advices to be generated

The approximate number of advices to be produced  for each State, based on the previous run of 29 November 2011, are:

New South Wales852

Queensland597

Victoria685

Western Australia708

South Australia775

Tasmania113

Tasmania Overseas254

Total 3984

Tasmanian Overseas Clients

Tasmanian clients who have an overseas postal address will have the full overseas address printed on their advice letters.  The advice letters will be printed, enveloped and sent from the mailing house.

Streamed Advices

The advices of the following types of cases will be streamed for printing to local printers at each state location:

  • reduction to nil cases
  • overseas cases for all locations apart from Tasmania
  • treatment changes as a result of the reassessment

The nominated local printers are:

NSW - N607P

QLD - Q402P

SA - S116P

TAS - T005P

VIC - V005P

WA - W010P

Contact officers

The contact officer for this exercise is Ruth Nicholls (ext 27406).

Grant McCorry

A/g National Manager

Income Support

7 February 2012

ATTACHMENT A

POUND STERLING EXCHANGE RATE FOR PENSIONS FROM UK GOVERNMENT

Foreign exchange periodExchange rate

From

To

$ in ?

? in $

7 February 12

0.6993

1.4300

10 January 12

6 February 12

0.6801

1.4704

29 November 11

9 January 12

0.6586

1.5184

1 November 11

28 November 11

0.6757

1.4799

18 October 11

31 October 11

0.6537

1.5298

3 May 11

17 October 11

0.6721

1.4879

25 January 11

2 May 11

0.6506

1.5370

11 January 11

24 January 11

0.6731

1.4857

5 October 10

10 January 11

0.6304

1.5863

1 June 10

4 October 10

0.6052

1.6523

23 March 10

31 May 10

0.6260

1.5974

20 October 09

22 March 10

0.5779

1.7304

6 October 09

19 October 09

0.5542

1.8044

19 May 09

5 October 09

0.5112

1.9562

7 April 09

18 May 09

0.4942

2.0235

10 February 09

6 April 09

0.4718

2.1195

13 January 09

9 February 09

0.4882

2.0483

18 November 08

12 January 09

0.4394

2.2758

21 October 08

17 November 08

0.4118

2.4284

23 September 08

20 October 08

0.4629

2.1603

26 August 08

22 September 08

0.4753

2.1039

20 May 08

25 August 08

0.4902

2.0400

26 February 08

19 May 08

0.4733

2.1128

15 January 08

25 February 08

0.4553

2.1964

9 October 07

14 January 08

0.4425

2.2599

28 August 07

8 October 07

0.4186

2.3889

3 July 07

27 August 07

0.4315

2.3175

27 March 07

2 July 07

0.4164

2.4015

10 October 06

26 March 07

0.4047

2.4710

11 April 06

9 October 06

0.4170

2.3981

30 August 05

10 April 06

0.4277

2.3381

2 August 05

29 August 05

0.4398

2.2738

21 June 05

1 August 05

0.4263

2.3458

1 February 05

20 June 05

0.4126

2.4237

4 January 05

31 January 05

0.4004

2.4975

23 November 04

3 January 05

0.4202

2.3798

12 October 04

22 November 04

0.4065

2.4600

20 July 04

11 October 04

0.3938

2.5394

6 July 04

19 July 04

0.3828

2.6123

25 May 04

5 July 04

0.3961

2.5246