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Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Cheaper Child Care) Bill 2022

Type
Government
Portfolio
Education
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
47

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Summary

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: provide families earning up to $80,000 a child care subsidy (CCS) rate of 90 per cent, and families earning over $80,000 a CCS rate that tapers down by one percentage point for each additional $5,000 of family income until it reaches zero per cent for families earning $350,000; and provide additional discretion to allow payment of CCS for absences in exceptional circumstances; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: expand existing financial reporting requirements to all types of approved child care providers; enable the publication of certain information received from large child care providers online; require child care providers to collect gap fees via electronic funds transfer; make good governance an eligibility requirement for provider approval; enable the secretary to specify the information an attendance report by a provider must contain; clarify the interactions with CCS where providers waive gap fees for families in prescribed events or circumstances; and extend the period for passing on fee reduction amounts to families in limited circumstances; Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Subsidy) Act 2021 to remove the existing higher CCS for families with multiple children (due to commence from July 2023); A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide for a base level of 36 subsidised hours of child care per fortnight for First Nations children, regardless of activity levels; permit child care providers to offer a discount on child care fees to staff engaged as educators, without this affecting the amount of CCS payable for the educator; and make technical amendments.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27 Sep 2022
Second reading moved 27 Sep 2022
Second reading debate 25 Oct 2022
Second reading debate 26 Oct 2022
Second reading agreed to 27 Oct 2022
Third reading agreed to 27 Oct 2022
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 27 Oct 2022
Second reading moved 27 Oct 2022
Second reading debate 21 Nov 2022
Second reading agreed to 21 Nov 2022
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Opposition agreed to
21 Nov 2022
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 11 Independent (Senator Pocock) agreed to
22 Nov 2022
Third reading agreed to 22 Nov 2022
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 23 Nov 2022
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
23 Nov 2022
Finally passed both Houses 23 Nov 2022
Assent
  • Act no: 66
  • Year: 2022
29 Nov 2022

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

Senate

Schedules of amendments

Bills digest

Notes

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

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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