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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Page: 5331


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 10 June 2009:

(1)   How many and which: (a) Acts; and (b) legislative instruments, including select legislative instruments, statutory rules and regulations, are administered within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   With reference to the ‘clean-up’ of redundant and potentially-redundant regulations being coordinated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, which Acts or legislative instruments have been identified as redundant or potentially-redundant and why.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   I am advised that the Minister representing the Attorney-General will provide in her answer a complete list of legislative instruments and Acts broken down by portfolio.

(2)   With reference to the ‘clean-up’ of redundant and potentially redundant regulation being coordinated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation in their 2008 stock-take and subsequently removed, there is one regulation involved:

Name of regulation

Why considered to be redundant

Social Security (Assurances of Support) Determination 2004

This Determination was considered to be redundant because it no longer had any application to social security payments administered by FaHCSIA.

In relation to redundant regulations and potentially redundant regulations which have not yet removed, advice relating to these groups cannot be provided at this point in time as the instruments are still subject to policy, legal and other considerations.