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Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020

Type
Government
Portfolio
Social Services
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
46

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Summary

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: extend the COVID-19 supplement to 31 March 2021 for all persons in receipt of youth allowance, including full time students and new apprentices; extend the temporary COVID-19 qualification rules for jobseeker payment and youth allowance to 31 March 2021; end the COVID-19 exemptions from the liquid assets test waiting period and assets tests from 1 January 2021; and temporarily enable the minister to determine modifications to specified provisions of the social security law in response to COVID-19; Farm Household Support Act 2014 and Social Security Act 1991 to provide that the COVID-19 supplement and the exemptions from the ordinary waiting period, newly arrived resident's waiting period and seasonal work preclusion period cannot be extended beyond 31 March 2021; and Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 to introduce a discretionary power to extend the principal home exemption temporary absence provisions for the purposes of the social security and veterans' entitlements assets tests. Also permits jobkeeper information provided to Services Australia on or before 28 March 2021 to continue to be used after that date.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 12 Nov 2020
Second reading moved 12 Nov 2020
Second reading debate 01 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 02 Dec 2020
Consideration in detail debate 02 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 02 Dec 2020
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 03 Dec 2020
Second reading moved 03 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 10 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 10 Dec 2020
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 1 Opposition agreed to
10 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 10 Dec 2020
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House disagreed to Senate amendment
10 Dec 2020
Senate
Consideration of House of Reps message
  • Details: Senate did not insist on its amendment
10 Dec 2020
Finally passed both Houses 10 Dec 2020
Assent
  • Act no: 140
  • Year: 2020
17 Dec 2020

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives

Senate

Schedules of amendments

Bills digest

Notes

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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

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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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