Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Type
Government
Portfolio
Social Services
Originating house
Senate
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; extend the ordinary waiting period to youth allowance (other) and parenting payment; include additional evidentiary requirements for the ‘severe financial hardship’ exemption from the ordinary waiting period; and remove the ability for claimants to serve the ordinary waiting period concurrently with other waiting periods; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable automation of the regular income stream review process; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years, from 1 July 2017, in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B.

Progress

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 22 Mar 2017
Second reading moved 22 Mar 2017
Second reading debate 22 Mar 2017
Second reading agreed to 22 Mar 2017
Committee of the Whole debate 22 Mar 2017
Third reading agreed to 22 Mar 2017
(After Midnight)
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23 Mar 2017
Second reading moved 23 Mar 2017
Second reading debate 29 Mar 2017
Second reading agreed to 29 Mar 2017
Consideration in detail debate 29 Mar 2017
Third reading agreed to 29 Mar 2017
Finally passed both Houses 29 Mar 2017
Assent
  • Act no: 33
  • Year: 2017
12 Apr 2017

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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