Report

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 [Provisions]

6 September 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-621-8

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 25KB)
ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 7KB)
LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 24KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 56KB)

Background
Key provisions and purpose of the Bill
Financial impact
Conduct of the inquiry
Consideration by other parliamentary committees
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Key issues (PDF 109KB)

Introduction
Schedules 1 to 7 – Creation of Jobseeker Payment and cessation of certain payments
Schedule 9 – Changes to activity tests for persons aged 55 to 59
Schedule 10 – Start date for some participation payments
Schedule 11 – Removal of intent to claim provisions
Schedule 12 – Drug testing trial
Schedules 13 and 14 – Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence and Changes to reasonable excuses
Schedule 15 – Targeted compliance framework
Committee view

Australian Labor Party Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 82KB)

Schedule 3: Cessation of Wife Pension
Schedule 9: Changes to activity tests for persons aged 55 – 59
Schedule 10: Start day for some participation payments
Schedule 11: Removal of intent to claim provisions
Schedule 12: Establishment of a drug testing trial
Lack of evidence
Availability of treatment
Failure to understand addiction and dependence
Other social impacts
Schedule 13: Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence
Schedule 14: Changes to reasonable excuses
Schedule 15: Targeted compliance framework
Schedule 17: Information management

Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens (PDF 119KB)

Schedule 1 – Single Job Seeker Payment
Schedule 2 – Cessation of Widow B Pension
Schedule 3 – Cessation of Wife Pension
Schedule 4 – Cessation of Bereavement Allowance
Schedule 5 – Cessation of Sickness Allowance
Schedule 6 – Cessation of Widow Allowance
Schedule 7 – Cessation of Partner Allowance
Schedule 8 contains a rule-making provision for the Minister
Schedule 9 – Change to the activity tests for persons aged 55- 59
Schedule 10 – Start date for Participation Payments
Schedule 11 – Removal of Intent to Claim Provisions
Schedule 12 - Establishment of a drug testing trial
Schedule 13 – Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence
Schedule 14 - Changes to the reasonable excuses
Schedule 15 – Mutual Obligation Requirements
Schedules 12-15 and the Community Development Program (CDP)
Schedule 16 - streamline of tax file number collection
Schedule 17 - Information Management
Schedule 18 – Changes to the Disability Discrimination Act
Conclusion

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the Committee (PDF 21KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings (PDF 12KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

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