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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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  • 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
    10 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the maximum single rates of newstart allowance, youth allowance (away from home rates only), austudy, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance and crisis payment by $150 a fortnight; standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018
    ; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament. 

    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
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) from 104 weeks to 156 weeks for certain social security payments and concession cards; introduce a NARWP of 156 weeks for bereavement allowance, widow allowance, parenting payment and carer allowance; and make a technical amendment;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to increase the NARWP from 104 weeks to 156 weeks;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to introduce a NARWP of 156 weeks for family tax benefit; and
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to introduce a NARWP of 156 weeks for parental leave pay and dad and partner pay. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance from 1 July 2018;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that community development program (CDP) participants are subject to the targeted compliance framework; insert exemptions for CDP participants undertaking subsidised employment who are still in receipt of the newstart allowance, youth allowance, disability support pension, special benefit or parenting payment; create exceptions to work refusal failures for CDP participants who refuse subsidised employment and exceptions for participants undertaking subsidised employment who refuse other offers of employment; and create exceptions to unemployment failures for participants who voluntarily leave a suitable subsidised job without a valid reason, or are dismissed from a suitable subsidised job for misconduct;
    Farm House Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes the Social Security Commission to advise the Parliament on the minimum levels for social security payments, such that all recipients can meet an accepted contemporary minimum standard of living, and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Shipping Registration Act 1981
    to make technical amendments necessary for the remaking of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981, including: removing provisions requiring the regulations to prescribe the form of shipping registration certificates; removing references to prescribed forms of certificates; and clarifying an appropriate head of power for provisions in the regulations where required. 

    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

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