Bills Digest no. 43 2005–06
Social Security Legislation Amendment (One-off Payments
for Carers) Bill 2005
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Security Legislation Amendment (One-off Payments for Carers)
Date Introduced: 11 May 2005
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Family and Community
Royal Assent (25 May 2005)
The Bill provided for the payment
of bonus payments to carers in receipt of Carer Payment and Carer
Allowance. Carer Payment recipients received $1000 and Carer
Allowance recipients received $600.
The provision of one-off payments to carers was announced in the
2005 Budget. They were made to those eligible for carer payments on
Budget night by the end of June 2005. Carer Allowance recipients
who received an allowance for more than one care receiver were paid
a bonus for care receiver. Where Carer Allowance was shared the
bonus was also shared. An administrative scheme was provided for in
the Bill to deal with any cases where the statutory scheme produces
anomalous results. A Similar set of one-off payments was made to
carers in June 2004.
The Bill passed both Houses of the Parliament by 12 May 2005 and
received the Royal Assent on 25 May 2005.
Item 1 Part 1 of Schedule 1 inserted
new parts 2.5B and 2.5C into the Social
Security Act 1991. The new parts provided for the payment of
one-off bonuses to recipients of Carer Payment and Carer Service
Item 2 Part 1 of Schedule 1 inserted
new part 2.19B into the Social Security Act
1991. The new part provided for the payment of one-off bonuses
to recipients of Carer Allowance.
Part 2 of Schedule 1 amended various provisions
in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the Income
Tax Assessment Act 1997 to ensure that the bonus payments were
income tax free.
Schedule 2 allowed the Minister to set up an
administrative scheme for payment of bonuses by legislative
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