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  • Date
    04 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that: jobseekers who incur an eight week non-payment penalty for refusing suitable work will no longer be able to have the penalty waived; and jobseekers who persistently fail to comply with participation obligations will only be able to have the penalty waived once while in receipt of an activity tested income support payment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014, the bill amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the senior supplement for holders of the Commonwealth seniors health card or the veterans’ affairs gold card from 20 June 2014; six Acts to rename the clean energy supplement as the energy supplement and cease indexation of the supplement from 1 July 2014; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    ,
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to pause indexation on certain income and assets test free areas and thresholds for three years from 1 July 2014; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: make minor changes to the partner income free area from 20 September 2014; index parenting payment single to the Consumer Price Index from 20 September 2014; require certain disability support pension recipients to actively participate in a program of support, from 1 July 2014; limit the six-week overseas portability period for student payments from 1 October 2014; and extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 October 2014; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to maintain the standard FTB child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of family tax benefit Part A and the maximum rate of family tax benefit Part B, from 1 July 2014; the
    Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account Act 2012
    to provide that the State pay equity order (Western Australia) made on 29 August 2013 is a pay equity order for the purposes of the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account and amend the amounts by which the account will be credited accordingly; and the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    , Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme 2004 and Veterans’ Children Education Scheme to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014, the bill amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: pause indexation on certain income and assets test free areas and thresholds for three years; index pensions (other than parenting payment single) to the Consumer Price Index from 20 September 2017; reduce social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds from 20 September 2017; exclude from the social security and veterans’ entitlements income test payments made under the Young Carer Bursary Programme from 1 January 2015; include tax-free superannuation income in the assessment of income for qualification for the seniors health card; and increase the age pension qualifying age, and the non-veteran pension age, from 67 to 70 years by six months every two years, commencing on 1 July 2025;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend to 19 weeks the portability period for seniors health cardholders; restrict qualification for relocation scholarship payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 January 2015; and provide for 26-week waiting periods and non-payment periods from 1 January 2015;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: limit the overseas portability period for disability support pension from 1 January 2015; and abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015;
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2015;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    in relation to family tax benefit (from 1 July 2015) by: limiting the large family supplement; removing the per-child add-on; revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting family tax benefit Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement;
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension from 1 January 2015; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: pause indexation on certain income free and income test free areas and thresholds for three years from 1 July 2015; index parenting payment single to the consumer price index; and pause indexation of income free areas and other means-test thresholds for student payments, including student income bank limits; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    : to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B from 1 July 2015; and in relation to FTB (from 1 July 2015) by: revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting FTB Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 January 2015; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 January 2015; and provide for 26-week waiting periods and non-payment periods from 1 January 2015; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2015; the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension from 1 January 2015; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: pause indexation of income test free areas for pensions (other than parenting payment single) and deeming thresholds for three years from 1 July 2017; index pensions (other than parenting payment single) to the consumer price index from 20 September 2017; reduce social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds from 20 September 2017; and increase the age pension qualifying age, and the non-veteran pension age, from 67 to 70 years by six months every two years, commencing on 1 July 2025; and the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain debts relating to austudy payment, fares allowance, youth allowance payments to full-time students and apprentices, and ABSTUDY living allowance payments; and nine Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate from 1 January 2017; and 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; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2016; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2016; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate; and 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; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable the making of departure prohibition orders to prevent social welfare payment debtors who have outstanding debts and have failed to enter into a satisfactory repayment arrangement from leaving the country; and remove the six-year limit on welfare debt recovery. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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