Bills Digest 107 1996-97 Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 1996

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Passage History

Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 1996

Date Introduced: 4 December 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Primary Industries and Energy
Commencement: 28 days after Royal Assent


To terminate the Farm Household Support Scheme.


Farm Household Support Scheme

The Bill gives effect to a 1996-97 Budget announcement to terminate the Farm Household Support Scheme (FHS). The FHS came into operation in March 1993. It was targeted at farmers unable to access commercial finance to meet day-to-day living expenses and provided income support while farmers worked to make their farm viable or arranged its sale.

In terminating FHS, the Government has noted that demand has been falling since October 1993 with fewer than one hundred farm families assisted since August 1995 and less than fifty in recent months. In 1995-96 a total of $959 000 was spent on FHS. Farming families affected by the termination of FHS will be eligible to apply for other social welfare related schemes.

Longer term welfare issues affecting farm families have recently been examined by a Special Rural Task Force established by the Minister for Social Security.(1)

Main Provisions

Item 1 of Schedule 1 of the Bill inserts a new section 6A in the Farm Household Support Act 1992(the Principal Act) which provides that farm household support is not payable unless it is payable in respect of the cut-off date (ie. 28 days after Royal Assent) and each day between the cut-off day and the day in question. It may be noted that the term 'day in question' is not defined in either the Bill or the Principal. It may be inferred from example 2, which is set out under proposed section 6A, that the 'day in question' is period between the cut-off date and the final date of entitlement to farm household support. In other words, as soon as an entitlement to farm household support ceases after the cut-off date farm household support will no longer be payable.


  1. The Special Rural Task Force, Impact Of The Social Security Assets Tests On Rural Customers, January 1997.

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ISSN 1323-9031
Commonwealth of Australia 1996

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