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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017
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2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment » (Welfare Reform) « Bill » 2017

 

« No » .       , 2017

 

(Social Services)

 

 

 

A « Bill » for an Act to amend the law relating to family assistance, social security, paid parental leave and student assistance, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

« 2 » ............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 4

Schedule 1—Creation of the jobseeker payment                                                 6

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                          6

A New « Tax » System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                   6

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                          6

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1936                                                                               7

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                               8

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                             9

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                            36

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                             39

Part  « 2 » —Amendments relating to cessation of widow allowance          50

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           50

Part 3—Amendments relating to start day for some participation payments        51

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                            51

Part 4—Amendments relating to drug testing trial                                       52

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                        52

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           52

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                            53

Part 5—Amendments relating to targeted compliance framework       54

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                            54

Part 6—Amendments relating to enhanced residency requirements for pensioners           55

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           55

Schedule  « 2 » —Cessation of widow B pension                                                         56

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1936                                                                             56

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                             56

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           56

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                            63

Social Security ( « International » « Agreements » ) Act 1999                                         64

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                             64

Schedule 3—Cessation of wife pension                                                                    72

A New « Tax » System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 72

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     72

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1936                                                                             72

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                             72

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           73

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                            84

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                             85

Schedule 4—Cessation of bereavement allowance                                           93

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                             93

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           93

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          113

Social Security ( « International » « Agreements » ) Act 1999                                       113

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           114

Schedule 5—Cessation of sickness allowance                                                    118

Part 1—Amendments commencing 20 March 2020                                   118

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         118

Part  « 2 » —Amendments commencing 20 September 2020                          124

A New « Tax » System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 124

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1936                                                                           124

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                           125

Income « Tax » Rates Act 1986                                                                                     126

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         126

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          134

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           135

Schedule 6—Cessation of widow allowance                                                       142

Part 1—Amendments closing claims for widow allowance                   142

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         142

Part  « 2 » —Amendments commencing 1 January 2022                                   144

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1936                                                                           144

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                           144

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         144

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          149

Schedule 7—Cessation of partner allowance                                                     154

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1936                                                                           154

Income « Tax » Assessment Act 1997                                                                           154

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         154

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          159

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           160

Schedule 8—Minister’s rules                                                                                        166

Schedule 9—Changes to activity tests for persons aged 55 to 59           167

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         167

Schedule 10—Start day for some participation payments                         170

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          170

Schedule 11—Removal of intent to claim provisions                                     173

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         173

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          173

Schedule 12—Establishment of a drug testing trial                                       175

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      175

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         175

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          183

Part  « 2 » —Consequential amendments                                                                   189

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      189

Schedule 13—Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence    190

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         190

Schedule 14—Changes to reasonable excuses                                                   193

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          193

Schedule 15—Targeted compliance framework                                              195

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      195

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          195

Part  « 2 » —Other amendments                                                                                     211

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      211

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         211

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          213

Part 3—Application and transitional provisions                                           220

Schedule 16—Streamlining « tax » file number collection                                 222

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      222

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          222

Part  « 2 » —Consequential amendments                                                                   227

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         227

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          227

Part 3—Application of amendments                                                                  228

Schedule 17—Information management                                                              229

A New « Tax » System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                229

Paid Parental Leave Act « 2010 »                                                                               233

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          236

Student Assistance Act 1973                                                                                  241

Schedule 18—Aligning social security and disability discrimination law 245

Disability Discrimination Act 1992                                                                      245

 

 



A « Bill » for an Act to amend the law relating to family assistance, social security, paid parental leave and student assistance, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Social Services Legislation « Amendment » (Welfare Reform) Act 2017 .

« 2 »   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column « 2 » of the table. Any other statement in column « 2 » has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column « 2 »

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

« 2 » .  Schedule 1, Parts 1 to 5

20 March 2020.

20 March 2020

3.  Schedule 1, Part 6

The later of:

(a) the start of 20 March 2020; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Social Services Legislation « Amendment » (Payment Integrity) Act 2017 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

4.  Schedule  « 2 »

20 March 2020.

20 March 2020

5.  Schedule 3

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 4.

20 March 2020

6.  Schedule 4

20 March 2020.

20 March 2020

7.  Schedule 5, Part 1

20 March 2020.

20 March 2020

8.  Schedule 5, Part  « 2 »

20 September 2020.

20 September 2020

9.  Schedule 6, Part 1

The later of:

(a) 1 January 2018; and

(b) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

10.  Schedule 6, Part  « 2 »

1 January 2022.

1 January 2022

11.  Schedule 7

1 January 2022.

1 January 2022

12.  Schedule 8

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

13.  Schedule 9

20 September 2018.

20 September 2018

14.  Schedule 10

The later of:

(a) 1 January 2018; and

(b) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

15.  Schedule 11

As follows:

(a) if this Act receives the Royal Assent before 1 November 2017—1 January 2018;

(b) if this Act receives the Royal Assent on or after 1 November 2017—the first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of « 2 » months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

16.  Schedules 12 and 13

As follows:

(a) if this Act receives the Royal Assent before 1 January 2018—1 January 2018;

(b) if this Act receives the Royal Assent on or after 1 January 2018—the first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

17.  Schedule 14

The later of:

(a) 1 January 2018; and

(b) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

18.  Schedule 15

The later of:

(a) 1 July 2018; and

(b) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

19.  Schedule 16

As follows:

(a) if this Act receives the Royal Assent before 1 November 2017—1 January 2018;

(b) if this Act receives the Royal Assent on or after 1 November 2017—the first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of « 2 » months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

20.  Schedule 17, items 1 to 20

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 21; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Family Assistance Legislation « Amendment » (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017 .

 

21.  Schedule 17, items 21 to 78

As follows:

(a) if this Act receives the Royal Assent before 1 January 2018—1 January 2018;

(b) if this Act receives the Royal Assent on or after 1 January 2018—the first 1 January or 1 July to occur after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

22.  Schedule 18

The later of:

(a) 1 January 2018; and

(b) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             ( « 2 )  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.