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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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TOTAL RESULTS: 173

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; extend the ordinary waiting period to youth allowance (other) and parenting payment; include additional evidentiary requirements for the ‘severe financial hardship’ exemption from the ordinary waiting period; and remove the ability for claimants to serve the ordinary waiting period concurrently with other waiting periods;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable automation of the regular income stream review process; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years, from 1 July 2017, in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the assets test exemption for youth allowance and austudy payment recipients whose partner receives certain income support payments; extend the means test rules used to assess interests in trusts and companies to independent youth allowance and austudy payment recipients; align income test treatment of gift payments from immediate family members with existing pension rules; harmonise the family tax benefit and youth allowance parental income tests by including tax free pensions and benefits as income for the parental income test; ensure that all students receiving income support receive a health care card; and enable the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness structure used to assess eligibility for student payments to be automatically updated. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to trial a social security income test incentive aimed at increasing the number of job seekers who undertake specified seasonal horticultural work, such as fruit picking. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable income management to continue in Cape York and Doomadgee for a further two years until 30 June 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2016
    to provide that clear date of effect rules operate in relation to certain review decisions that create new or increased entitlements to family tax benefit (FTB);
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Act 2016
    which proposes to phase out FTB supplements by 1 July 2018; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to correct an error made to the youth allowance rate calculator method statement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide a one-off energy assistance payment to recipients of the age pension, disability support pension, parenting payment single and certain veterans’ payments who are payable and residing in Australia on 20 June 2017; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veteran’s Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide a pensioner concession card to certain social security pensioners and veterans’ payments recipients whose payment or pension was cancelled on 1 January 2017 due to changes in the assets test parameters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that fortnightly incentive payments made to young job seekers undertaking internships under the Youth Jobs PaTH do not affect social security payments or veterans’ entitlements; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that young job seekers employed by a Youth Jobs PaTH employer may have their social security payments suspended rather than cancelled in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    The bill: creates the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    which will be a re-enacted version of the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensations Act 1988
    that is modified to apply only to members of the Defence Force and their dependants; and amends: the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to remove entitlement to compensation for members of the Defence Force and their dependants; eight Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to interactions between compensation and other benefits provided to members of the Defence Force and their dependants. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Safe Work Australia Act 2008
    to: implement recommendations of the
    Review of Safe Work Australia’s Role and Functions
    by clarifying Safe Work Australia’s role and the relationships between its role and function, and updating and consolidating its functions; replace certain outdated terms; and clarify that work health and safety (WHS) ministers will continue to approve the model WHS legislative framework and other key documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984
    to: enable the minister to appoint any state or territory registrar as the Registrar of Deaths Abroad (the registrar); validate the prior appointment of the ACT Registrar-General as the registrar and validate any previous registrations of deaths; enable the registrar to register deaths that could have been registered under the law of a state or territory, where the state or territory concerned has provided notice that it will not register a death; and ensure that only the registrar can register deaths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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