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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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TOTAL RESULTS: 180

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: seven Acts to create a jobseeker payment to replace seven existing payments as the main payment for people of working age from 20 March 2020; 10 Acts to provide for the cessation of the widow B pension, wife pension, bereavement allowance, sickness allowance, widow allowance and partner allowance; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the ability of newstart allowance and certain special benefit recipients aged 55 to 59 to satisfy the activity test by engaging in voluntary work for at least 30 hours per fortnight; and remove certain exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence; the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that a job seeker’s newstart allowance or youth allowance be payable from the date they attend their initial appointment with their employment services provider; ensure that job seekers are not able to use drug or alcohol dependency as an excuse for failing to meet their requirements; introduce a new compliance framework for mutual obligation requirements in relation to participation payments; and enable the Department of Human Services to require applicants to provide their tax file number at the time of a claim; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that claimants receive payments from the date they lodge a complete claim; and establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable certain information obtained in the course of an administrative action to be used in subsequent investigations and criminal proceedings; and the
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    to exempt three social security laws from the operation of the Act. Also enables the minister to make rules of a transitional nature in relation to the cessation of payments; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: tighten the eligibility criteria for mobility allowance for new claims and reduce the period for which the allowance is continued when a person ceases to be qualified; provide that the allowance will no longer be payable to individuals who transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and close the mobility allowance program from 1 July 2020. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to enable social security and family assistance debts to be waived in cases of domestic or family violence. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: amend the residency requirements for the age pension and the disability support pension by changing certain timeframes which need to be met before claims will be deemed payable to eligible recipients; and increase the maximum liquid assets waiting period for youth allowance, austudy, newstart allowance and sick allowance from 13 weeks to 26 weeks;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to cease payment of the pension supplement after six weeks temporary absence overseas and immediately for permanent departures; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to align the income test taper rates so that all income above the higher income free area is treated equally when calculating an individual’s rate of family tax benefit Part A. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends five Acts to prevent new recipients of welfare payments or concession cards from being paid the energy supplement from 20 September 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to remove certain restrictions on the cashless debit card trial and thereby allow the extension of trial arrangements in current sites and to further sites. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: restrict access to the relocation scholarship to students relocating within Australia and students studying in Australia; align pensioner education supplement fortnightly rates with the amount of study undertaken by eligible students; and provide that payments of the pensioner education supplement cease during semester breaks and holiday periods; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to align education entry payment rates with the amount of study undertaken by eligible students. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill provides for the collection of the seafarers insurance levy and the seafarers cost recovery levy by: requiring employers of seafarers to lodge returns in relation to the number of seafarer berths aboard a prescribed vessel and make levy payments quarterly; providing for a late payment penalty; providing for the appointment of authorised persons and the manner in which authorised persons may have access to premises and books for the purpose of examining certain matters; and enabling the transfer of funds raised by the cost recovery levy to Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill imposes a seafarers insurance levy (to support a safety net fund where an employer cannot meet its workers’ compensation obligations) and a seafarers cost recovery levy (to enable the recovery of the costs of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in performing their respective regulatory functions) on seafarer berths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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