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  • Date
    24 Jun 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Deregulation 
    Summary
    The bill: amends 17 Acts to remove redundant provisions; repeals eight redundant Acts; and makes consequential amendments to three Acts. 

    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
    28 May 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide that: certain recipients of newstart allowance and parenting payment may receive a training supplement of $41.60 a fortnight; and early school leavers undertake full-time study or comply with a Youth Allowance Employment Pathway Plan to qualify for youth allowance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 May 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to exempt the values of payments made under the Skills for Sustainability for Australian Apprentices and Tools For Your Trade programs from treatment as assessable income for taxation, social security and veterans’ affairs purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Consequent on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Improved Support for Carers) Bill 2009, the bill amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    in relation to: redundant references; activity test relief; short term or episodic carers qualification for a health card; and principal beneficiaries of special disability trusts;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to: redundant references; and backdating claims for carer payments made between 1 July and 1 October 2009; and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to principal beneficiaries of special disability trusts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Establishes Safe Work Australia (SWA) as a statutory body, with power to make recommendations directly to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council in relation to occupational health and safety outcomes and workers’ compensation arrangements. SWA will replace the Australian Safety and Compensation Council. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to change confidentiality provisions to enable Centrelink to use and disclose protected information to facilitate the Digital Switch-over Household Assistance Program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 May 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to introduce a non-indexed Carer Supplement, payable to carers currently receiving qualifying payments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to exempt the supplement from income tax; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to remove indexation of higher income thresholds for certain family assistance payments until 2012. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: enable a person who qualifies for a carer payment to automatically qualify for a carer allowance; provide that the qualification criteria and assessment process for carer payments for care provided to children with a disability or medical condition will be based on the level of care required; and allow a person to qualify or remain qualified for a carer payment while a child care receiver is in hospital for an unlimited number of days per calendar year; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make consequential changes to the administrative structure for the carer allowance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Mar 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: reduce the length of the liquid assets waiting period by doubling the maximum reserve threshold for liquid assets to $5,000 for singles without dependants or $10,000 for others for a two year period from 1 April 2009; and remove the surrender value of life insurance policies from the definition of ‘liquid assets’ for social security purposes. Also makes technical amendments to five other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum