Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

Social Services
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: special benefit payments; assessment of full-time study load for youth allowance and austudy payments; the definition of new apprentices; exemptions from the assets test for austudy payments; indexation of pharmaceutical allowance; calculating allowable income for the purposes of step 2 of the health care card income test calculator; and technical corrections; and the A New Tax (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to re-align the time period for income reconciliation for certain family tax benefit recipients; and remove a delegation provision.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 02 Dec 2015
Second reading moved 02 Dec 2015
Second reading debate 10 Feb 2016
Second reading agreed to 10 Feb 2016
Third reading agreed to 10 Feb 2016
Introduced and read a first time 22 Feb 2016
Second reading moved 22 Feb 2016
Lapsed at prorogation 17 Apr 2016
Consideration of House of Reps message
  • Details: In response to a request from the House, the Senate agreed to resume consideration of the bill
02 May 2016
Second reading moved 04 May 2016
Second reading debate 04 May 2016
Second reading agreed to 04 May 2016
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 1 Australian Greens agreed to
04 May 2016
Third reading agreed to 04 May 2016
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendment
04 May 2016
Finally passed both Houses 04 May 2016
  • Act no: 46
  • Year: 2016
05 May 2016

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


Helpful information

Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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