Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Not Proceeding 
Parliament no
In response to recommendations of the Review of Higher Education (the Bradley Review), the bill amends the:
Social Security Act 1991
  to: phase-in a change to the age of independence from 25 to 22 years for the purposes of the independent youth allowance; provide that youth allowance claimants will not be able to attain independence through part-time employment or wages; increase the annual parental income threshold for non-independent youth allowance recipients; change the taper rate from 25 per cent per person to 20 per cent for families for the parental income reduction for youth allowance; increase and index to the Consumer Price Index the personal income free area for youth allowance, austudy students and Australian Apprentices; and provide the training supplement to all parenting payment recipients who are subject to participation requirements; and
Social Security Act 1991
Higher Education Support Act 2003
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
  to: provide for a start-up scholarship and a relocation scholarship (both to be indexed from 2011); and exempt (to an indexed threshold) merit and equity based scholarships from the income test under social security and veterans’ entitlements legislation. 

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House of Representatives
10 Sep 2009Introduced and read a first time
10 Sep 2009Second reading moved
20 Oct 2009Second reading debate
26 Oct 2009Second reading debate
27 Oct 2009Second reading debate
27 Oct 2009Third reading agreed to
28 Oct 2009Introduced and read a first time
28 Oct 2009Second reading moved
16 Nov 2009Second reading debate
17 Nov 2009Second reading debate
17 Nov 2009Second reading agreed to
17 Nov 2009Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 7 Opposition and 2 Australian Greens agreed to
17 Nov 2009Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
18 Nov 2009Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments 1 and 2 and disagreed to Senate amendments 3 to 9
18 Nov 2009Message from House of Reps reported
24 Nov 2009Consideration of House of Reps message
28 Sep 2010Lapsed at end of Parliament

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