Bills Digest no. 122 2005-06 - Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006


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Bills Digest no. 122 2005–06

Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006

WARNING:
This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments. This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Endnotes
Contact Officer & Copyright Details


Passage History

Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006

Date introduced: 29 March 2006

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Employment and Workplace Relations

Commencement: The various provisions in the Bill commence at different times as set out in the table under clause 2 of the Bill.

Purpose

The Bill makes amendments of a technical or minor nature that are necessary as a consequence of the passage through Parliament of the Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Act 2005. These amendments include, terminology changes and changes to ensure consistent treatment of similar groups of income support recipients (for example principal carers).

Background

For background to this Bill see the Bills Digest for the Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) Bill 2005. It is available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Library/pubs/bd/2005-06/06bd070.pdf

Financial implications

The Bill is expected to result in $4.8 million of increased costs over four years.

Main provisions

Item 9 of Schedule 2 extends eligibility for Pharmaceutical Allowance to partnered parenting payment recipients who have been granted a temporary incapacity exemption from participation requirements.

Item 2 of Schedule 3 and Schedule 5 provide an exemption from the newly arrived resident waiting period for principal carers who are eligible for Youth Allowance and Newstart Allowance recipients provided they have become single since starting their current period of Australian residence.

Item 5 of Schedule 3 provides for a seasonal workers preclusion period for students and new apprentices claiming Youth Allowance.

Item 10 of Schedule 3, Item 4 of Schedule 5, Item 3 of Schedule 10, Item 4 of Schedule 11 and Items 3 and 6 of Schedule 12 provide for the continued payment of the higher rate of Youth or Newstart Allowance and the continued payment of Pensioner Education Supplement, Telephone Allowance, and other concessions to principal carers after the death of a child where that death would otherwise reduce or end their payment. The continued eligibility will be for 14 weeks.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Dale Daniels
5 May 2006
Bills Digest Service
Information and Research Services

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ISSN 1328-8091
© Commonwealth of Australia 2006

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Published by the Parliamentary Library, 2006.

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