Second Reading Speeches

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Safety Net) Bill 2023

Social Services
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Social Security Act 1991
to: expand qualification for parenting payment (single) to single principal carers whose youngest child is aged under 14 years; increase the rates of certain working age and student payments, including jobseeker payment, youth allowance, parenting payment (partnered), austudy payment and disability support pension (youth), by $40 per fortnight; expand eligibility for the higher rate of jobseeker payment to recipients aged 55 years and over who have been on the payment for 9 or more continuous months; and
A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
Social Security Act 1991
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to increase the maximum rates of Commonwealth rent assistance by 15 per cent.

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