Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Waiting Periods for New Migrants) Bill 2021

Social Services
Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
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Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: increase the newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP) for carer payment and carer allowance to 208 weeks; remove the qualifying residence period for parenting payment; apply the 208-week NARWP for the low income health care card and Commonwealth seniors health card to temporary visa holders; make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Streamlined Participation Requirements and Other Measures) Act 2021; and make minor technical amendments; Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: increase the NARWP for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A to 208 weeks; and introduce a 208-week NARWP for FTB Part B; and Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to increase the NARWP for parental leave pay and dad and partner pay to 208 weeks.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24 Jun 2021
Second reading moved 24 Jun 2021
Lapsed at dissolution 11 Apr 2022

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