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

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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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 10 Sep 2009
Second reading moved 10 Sep 2009
Second reading debate 20 Oct 2009
Second reading debate 26 Oct 2009
Second reading debate 27 Oct 2009
Third reading agreed to 27 Oct 2009
Introduced and read a first time 28 Oct 2009
Second reading moved 28 Oct 2009
Second reading debate 16 Nov 2009
Second reading debate 17 Nov 2009
Second reading agreed to 17 Nov 2009
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 7 Opposition and 2 Australian Greens agreed to
17 Nov 2009
Third reading agreed to 17 Nov 2009
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments 1 and 2 and disagreed to Senate amendments 3 to 9
18 Nov 2009
Message from House of Reps reported 18 Nov 2009
Consideration of House of Reps message 24 Nov 2009
Lapsed at end of Parliament 28 Sep 2010

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • 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

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