Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Bill 2006

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
  and 7 other Acts in relation to: a new child support formula; independent review of child support decisions by the Social Security Appeals Tribunal; court enforcement of the new Child Support Scheme; family tax benefit Part A maintenance income test; child support agreements and court orders; income definitions used to calculate child support and family tax benefit; minimum payment rules; exclusion of re-establishment costs from child support calculations; suspension of child support payments during reconciliation; inclusion of step-children as dependants in calculating child support; and “change of assessment” processes and rules. 

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House of Representatives
14 Sep 2006Introduced and read a first time
14 Sep 2006Second reading moved
12 Oct 2006Second reading agreed to
12 Oct 2006Third reading agreed to
16 Oct 2006Introduced and read a first time
16 Oct 2006Second reading moved
18 Oct 2006Second reading debate
08 Nov 2006Second reading debate
09 Nov 2006Second reading agreed to
09 Nov 2006Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 3 Australian Greens agreed to
09 Nov 2006Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
27 Nov 2006Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

06 Dec 2006Assent

Act no.: 146

Year: 2006

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