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Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: enable parenting payment recipients to transfer temporarily to bereavement allowance following the death of a partner; remove the family member exemption from the two-year newly arrived resident’s waiting period before special benefit is payable; enable the minister to make legislative instruments determining Impairment Tables and rules relating to the tables; and clarify that payments made by an employer to an employee in lieu of notice of termination are regarded as redundancy payments for the purposes of the social security payments; Disability Services Act 1986 to provide that disability advocacy services compliance with new Disability Advocacy Standards will be assessed by an independent certification body over a three-year cycle; and Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in relation to certain asset-test exempt income streams and the provision of actuarial certificates.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 06 Jul 2011
Second reading moved 06 Jul 2011
Second reading debate 17 Aug 2011
Second reading agreed to 17 Aug 2011
Third reading agreed to 17 Aug 2011
Introduced and read a first time 18 Aug 2011
Second reading moved 18 Aug 2011
Second reading debate 21 Nov 2011
Second reading agreed to 21 Nov 2011
Committee of the Whole debate 21 Nov 2011
Third reading agreed to 21 Nov 2011
Text of bill as passed both Houses 21 Nov 2011
  • Act no.: 145
  • Year: 2011
29 Nov 2011

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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  • 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.
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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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