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Thursday, 7 December 2017
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Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (18:04): by leave—I move government amendments (1) to (3), (10) to (14) and (16) to (20) and request (5) to (9) on sheet JC466 be taken together:

Amendments:

Clause 2, page 3 (table item 16), omit "Schedules 12 and 13", substitute

"Schedule 13".

Schedule 1, page 14 (after line 23), after item 93, insert:

93A Subsection 603AA(2)

Omit "newstart allowance", substitute "jobseeker payment".

93B Subsection 603AA(2) (note)

Omit "newstart allowance", substitute "jobseeker payment".

93C Subsection 603AA(2A)

Omit "newstart allowance" (wherever occurring), substitute "jobseeker payment".

Schedule 1, item 352, page 46 (after line 8), after subitem (1), insert:

(1A) If:

(a) immediately before the commencement of this item, a person was receiving newstart allowance under the Social Security Act 1991; and

(b) at the commencement of this item, the person starts to receive jobseeker payment;

then, while the person continuously receives that jobseeker payment on and after that commencement, the reference in subsection 603AA(2) of that Act to jobseeker payment is taken to be a reference to newstart allowance.

Schedule 9, items 1 and 2, page 166 (lines 5 to 19), omit the items, substitute:

1 Subsection 603AA(1)

Omit "subsection (3)", substitute "subsections (2) and (3)".

Schedule 9, page 166 (after line 27), after item 6, insert:

6A After subsection 603AA(1)

Insert:

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age and to a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period) if that period begins before the end of 12 months starting on the day the person starts to receive newstart allowance. Instead the person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of the relevant period if the person:

(a) is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

(i) approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

(ii) paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

(b) is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

Note: Because of the definition of receive in section 23, this subsection applies separately in relation to each occasion the person starts to receive newstart allowance.

(2A) If newstart allowance ceases to be payable to a person for a period of less than 3 months (except because the newstart allowance was cancelled), then, for the purposes of subsection (2), the person is taken to be receiving newstart allowance during that period.

Schedule 9, items 8 and 9, page 167 (lines 4 to 20), omit the items, substitute:

8 Subsection 731G(1)

Omit "subsection (3)", substitute "subsections (2) and (3)".

Schedule 9, page 167 (after line 22), after item 10, insert:

10A After subsection 731G(1)

Insert:

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age and to a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period) if that period begins before the end of 12 months starting on the day the person starts to receive special benefit. Instead the person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of the relevant period if the person:

(a) is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

(i) approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

(ii) paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

(b) is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

Note: Because of the definition of receive in section 23, this subsection applies separately in relation to each occasion the person starts to receive special benefit.

(2A) If special benefit ceases to be payable to a person for a period of less than 3 months (except because the special benefit was cancelled), then, for the purposes of subsection (2), the person is taken to be receiving special benefit during that period.

Schedule 9, item 13, page 168 (line 3), after "item", insert ", whether the person started to receive newstart allowance or special benefit before, on or after that commencement".

Schedule 13, item 2, page 189 (lines 21 to 24), omit subsection 28C(3).

Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (lines 26 to 34), omit paragraph 42AC(1) (a), substitute:

(a) the person fails to comply with a requirement that was notified to the person under subsection 63(2) or (4);

Schedule 15, item 1, page 196 (lines 6 to 8), omit "(except a notice containing a requirement described in subparagraph (a) (i) of this subsection)".

Schedule 15, item 1, page 196 (line 36), omit "Note 1", substitute "Note".

Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (lines 1 and 2), omit note 2.

Requests:

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the following amendments:

Schedule 4, item 39, page 100 (line 25), after "period", insert "(the relevant period)".

Schedule 4, item 39, page 100 (line 34) to page 101 (line 1), omit section 567FB, substitute:

567FB Amount of payment

(1) The amount of the person's payment is worked out using the following formula (except if paragraph 567FA(g) applies in relation to the person):

Daily rate of person's youth allowance on the relevant day x 14 x 2

(2) If subparagraph 567FA(g) (i) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person's payment is worked out using the following formula:

[Daily rate of person's youth allowance on the relevant day x 14 x 3] x $2,000

(3) If subparagraph 567FA(g) (ii) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person's payment is worked out using the following formula:

[Daily rate of person's youth allowance on the relevant day x 14 x3] + Additional amount

where:

additional amount means the amount worked out in accordance with the following table:

Additional amount

Item

If the relevant period is:

the additional amount is:

1

More than 14 weeks but not more than 16 weeks

$2,250

2

More than 16 weeks but not more than 18 weeks

$2,700

3

More than 18 weeks but not more than 20 weeks

$3,150

4

More than 20 weeks but not more than 22 weeks

$3,550

5

More than 22 weeks but not more than 24 weeks

$4,000

6

More than 24 weeks but not more than 26 weeks

$4,450

7

More than 26 weeks but not more than 28 weeks

$4,900

8

More than 28 weeks but not more than 30 weeks

$5,350

9

More than 30 weeks but not more than 32 weeks

$5,800

10

More than 32 weeks

$6,250

Schedule 4, item 54, page 105 (line 27), after "period", insert "(the relevant period)".

Schedule 4, item 54, page 106 (lines 1 to 4), omit section 660LI, substitute:

660LI Amount of payment

(1) The amount of the person's payment is worked out using the following formula (except if paragraph 660LH(g) applies in relation to the person):

Daily rate of person's jobseeker payment on the relevant day x 14 x2

(2) If subparagraph 660LH(g) (i) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person's payment is worked out using the following formula:

[Daily rate of person's jobseeker payment on the relevant day x 14 x3] + $1,000

(3) If subparagraph 660LH(g) (ii) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person's payment is worked out using the following formula:

[Daily rate of person's jobseeker payment on the relevant day x 14 x3] + Additional amount

where:

additional amount means the amount worked out in accordance with the following table:   

Additional amount

Item

If the relevant period is:

the additional amount is:

1

More than 14 weeks but not more than 16 weeks

$1,150

2

More than 16 weeks but not more than 18 weeks

$1,500

3

More than 18 weeks but not more than 20 weeks

$1,850

4

More than 20 weeks but not more than 22 weeks

$2,150

5

More than 22 weeks but not more than 24 weeks

$2,500

6

More than 24 weeks but not more than 26 weeks

$2,850

7

More than 26 weeks but not more than 28 weeks

$3,200

8

More than 28 weeks but not more than 30 weeks

$3,550

9

More than 30 weeks but not more than 32 weeks

$3,900

10

More than 32 weeks

$4,250

Schedule 6, item 3, page 141 (lines 29 and 30), omit paragraph 603AC(1) (c), substitute:

(c) she ceased to be a member of a couple after turning 40;