Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2018

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  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017
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Amends the: Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that lessors of social housing may request the secretary to deduct payments of rent and certain other costs from the social security or family tax benefit payments of tenants and certain other adult household members; Social Security Act 1991 to make consequential amendments; and National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008 to: clarify that the rent charged for a National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) dwelling must be at least 20 per cent lower than the market value rent on each occasion rent is charged; provide greater flexibility in how maximum vacancy periods are prescribed; provide for the variation of a condition of an NRAS allocation; and allow the regulations to provide for the transfer of an NRAS allocation to another rental dwelling in certain circumstances.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14 Sep 2017
Second reading moved 14 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 25 Oct 2018
Second reading debate 28 Nov 2018
Second reading agreed to 28 Nov 2018
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 40 Government agreed to
28 Nov 2018
Third reading agreed to 28 Nov 2018
Introduced and read a first time 29 Nov 2018
Second reading moved 29 Nov 2018
Lapsed at end of Parliament 01 Jul 2019

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