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Second Reading Speeches

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Type
Government
Portfolio
Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
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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.