Bills Digest no. 141 2005–06
Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation
Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2006
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Social Security and Family
Assistance Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill
House: House of
Portfolio: Families, Community Services and Indigenous
Commencement: Most provisions commence on Royal Assent. However a
few are backdated to correct technical anomalies in legislation
passed as early as 2000.
The Bill makes minor and technical amendments to remove
anomalies, repeal redundant provisions and clarify the legislation
in line with current policy. There are no new policy initiatives in
There are no financial implications.
Only provisions which do not merely correct errors or provide
clarification are mentioned here.
Items 3 and 4 of Schedule 1 ensure that care
provided as part of the compulsory education program of a school
cannot give rise to Child Care Benefit eligibility, where outside
school hours care is provided at the school.
Item 1 of Schedule 3 repeals paragraph 4(9A)(b)
of the Social Security Act 1991 which requires that a
temporarily separated couple must be legally married. This was
preventing de facto couples from receiving higher rates of certain
supplementary payments where they were temporarily separated for
reasons other than illness or respite.
Item 7 of Schedule 3 makes it clear that Remote
Area Allowance is payable to residents of Lord Howe Island.
Item 72 of Schedule 3 includes Carer Allowance
in the list of payments not payable during imprisonment.
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23 May 2006
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