Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform and Other 2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009

Type
Government
Portfolio
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
42
Summary
Amends the:
Social Security Act 1991
  to: increase the single maximum basic rate of certain pensions; index pensions using the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index; index pensions using a combined couple benchmark; increase pensions to compensate for anticipated increases in the living cost index arising from the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme; increase the income test taper rate and remove the additional income test free area for dependent children; introduce a Work Bonus so that certain income is disregarded as ordinary income; close the pension bonus scheme from 20 September 2009; make transitional arrangements; increase the qualifying age for age pension from 65 to 67 years; enable certain social security recipients to apply for an advance of social security entitlements; and enable certain social security recipients to be paid while studying overseas;
Social Security Act 1991
,
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
  and
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
  to consolidate a number of smaller payments and allowances into one pension supplement;
Social Security Act 1991
  and
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
  to: require income salary sacrificed to superannuation to be included as adjusted taxable income for the Commonwealth seniors health card; and exclude amounts and benefits received under the Western Australian Cost of Living Rebate Scheme and the Western Australian Country Age Pension Fuel Card from social security and veterans’ affairs income tests;
A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
  to change indexation arrangements for certain family tax benefit child rates and the maternity immunisation allowance;
Aged Care Act 1997
  to increase payments to people in residential aged care; and
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
  to enable Australian Defence Force members allotted for duty on
HMAS Canberra
  as part of Operation DAMASK VI to access entitlements under the Act. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
15 Jun 2009Introduced and read a first time
15 Jun 2009Second reading moved
16 Jun 2009Second reading debate
17 Jun 2009Second reading debate
17 Jun 2009Second reading agreed to
17 Jun 2009Third reading agreed to
Senate
17 Jun 2009Introduced and read a first time
17 Jun 2009Second reading moved
24 Jun 2009Second reading debate
25 Jun 2009Second reading debate
25 Jun 2009Second reading agreed to
25 Jun 2009Committee of the Whole debate
25 Jun 2009Third reading agreed to


25 Jun 2009Text of bill as passed both Houses
29 Jun 2009Assent

Act no.: 60

Year: 2009

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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