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  • Date
    25 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    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
    and
    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. Also requires a review of the impact of this proposed Act on student income arrangements to be completed by 30 September 2012. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to require certain persons to inform the department within 14 days of events or changes in circumstances that may affect social security payments or qualification for concession cards; and
    Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other Measures) Act 2011
    and
    Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Rebate) Act 2011
    to make technical amendments. Also clarifies that certain computer-generated decisions made from 12 June 2001 to the date of assent comply with the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Aug 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to establish a national income management regime for certain welfare payment recipients;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999
    to amend baby bonus payment arrangements for claimants subject to the income management regime; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to replace the Community Development Employment Projects program in the Northern Territory with other employment services. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to establish a new model of income management to be used in selected Australian locations;
    Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007
    to: tailor alcohol restrictions based on community circumstances; and clarify the administration of five year land leases;
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to enable residents in prescribed areas to apply for the removal of restrictions on prohibited material;
    Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide for an explicit food security objective in relation to community stores licensing; and
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to provide that the Australian Crime Commission uses powers is in relation to violence and child abuse committed against Indigenous victims. Also repeals provisions of the
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Act 2007
    ,
    Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007
    and
    Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Act 2007

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Jul 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: enable parenting payment recipients to transfer temporarily to bereavement allowance following the death of a partner; remove the family member exemption from the two-year newly arrived resident’s waiting period before special benefit is payable; enable the minister to make legislative instruments determining Impairment Tables and rules relating to the tables; and clarify that payments made by an employer to an employee in lieu of notice of termination are regarded as redundancy payments for the purposes of the social security payments;
    Disability Services Act 1986
    to provide that disability advocacy services compliance with new Disability Advocacy Standards will be assessed by an independent certification body over a three-year cycle; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to certain asset-test exempt income streams and the provision of actuarial certificates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: extend the qualification for, and increase the rate of, the utilities allowance; and increase the annual rate of seniors’ concession allowance; and
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to increase the rate of telephone allowance for certain income support recipients who have an internet connection at home. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: provide one-off payments to certain older Australians, veterans and carers; provide one-off compensation payments in respect of certain World War Two internments; increase the amount of funeral benefits payable in respect of veterans and the rate of certain veterans’ pensions; and extend backdating periods in relation to war widow and widower pensions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Mar 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to gifting of assets by introducing a free area of $25 000, over and above already deprived assets, that will apply over a rolling 5-year period and will operate concurrently with the current $10 000 per year free area. Gifts in excess of this $25 000 free area within the 5 years will be assessed as a deprived asset for 5 years. Also changes the applicable period from a pension year to a financial year. The new rules will apply from 1 July 2002. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum