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AGED CARE (LIVING LONGER LIVING BETTER) BILL 2013E AUSTRALIAN AGED CARE QUALITY AGENCY BILL 2013E AUSTRALIAN AGED CARE QUALITY AGENCY (TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS)E BILL 2013E AGED CARE (BOND SECURITY) AMENDMENT BILL 2013E AGED CARE (BOND SECURITY) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL 2013

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)—That these bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.


Documents: Senator Siewert, by leave, tabled the following documents:

 Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 and related bills—

  Letter from the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing (Mr Butler) to the Chair of the Aged Care Financing Authority (Ms O'Grady).

  Letters [2] from the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing (Mr Butler) to Senator Siewert.

Debate continued.

Limitation of debate: The time allotted for the consideration of these bills expired.

Question—That these bills be now read a second time—put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

Explanatory memoranda: The Minister for Human Services (Senator McLucas) tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum and an additional supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendments to be moved to the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013.

The requests for amendments to the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 circulated by the Australian Greens were withdrawn by leave.

The following amendments in respect of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 circulated by the Government were agreed to:

 Schedule 1, item 6, page 5 (after line 25), after paragraph (g), insert:

 (ga) parents separated from their children by forced adoption or removal;

 Schedule 1, item 72, page 14 (lines 25 and 26), omit the item, substitute:

 72 Subsection 46-1(1) (note)

  Repeal the note.

 Schedule 1, page 25 (after line 6), after item 180, insert:

 180A Subsection 85-6(1)

  Omit "1239 of the Social Security Act 1991", substitute "126 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999".

 180B Paragraph 85-7(1)(a)

  Omit "1240 of the Social Security Act 1991", substitute "129 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999".

 180C Paragraph 85-7(1)(b)

  Omit "1243 of the Social Security Act 1991", substitute "135 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999".

 180D Subsection 85-7(2)

  Omit "1240 of the Social Security Act 1991", substitute "129 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999".


 Schedule 1, item 196, page 27 (lines 11 to 18), omit subitems (1) and (2), substitute:

 (1) This item applies if, before the commencement time:

 (a) a person was approved under Part 2.1 of the old law as a provider of aged care (whether or not the approval had come into force); and

 (b) the approval had not ceased to have effect.

 (2) To the extent that the approval was in respect of community care, the approval is taken, for the purposes of the new law, to be in respect of home care.

 (3) To the extent that the approval was in respect of flexible care, the approval is taken, for the purposes of the new law, to be in respect of both home care and flexible care.

 Schedule 3, item 103, page 52 (line 21), after "dementia", insert "and severe behaviours".

 Schedule 3, item 142, page 71 (line 5), after "dementia", insert "and cognition".

 Schedule 3, page 117 (after line 12), after item 175, insert:

 175A Subsection 72-1(2)

  Omit "Residential Care".

 Schedule 3, Part 2, page 134 (after line 13), at the end of the Part, add:

 292 Determining the status of residential care service buildings

  A provision of the Subsidy Principles has effect before it commences as if it had commenced if the provision:

 (a) is made for the purposes of section 44-28 of the Aged Care Act 1997 as amended by item 125 of this Schedule; and

 (b) relates to determining, or applying for the determination of, the status of a building.

 Schedule 4, Part 1, page 135 (after line 16), at the end of the Part, add:

  

National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 20130

 5A Section 9 (definition of community care)

  Repeal the definition.

 5B Section 9

  Insert:

   home care has the same meaning as in the Aged Care Act 1997.

 5C Paragraph 29(1)(b)

  Omit "community", substitute "home".

 5D Subsection 29(1) (note)

  Omit "community", substitute "home".

 Schedule 5, item 215, page 169 (line 4), omit the definition of commencement time, substitute:

  first commencement time means the time when Part 1 of this Schedule commences.

second commencement time means the time when this Part commences.

 Schedule 5, item 216, page 169 (line 8), before "commencement", insert "first".

 Schedule 5, item 216, page 169 (line 10), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 5, item 216, page 169 (line 14), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 5, item 217, page 169 (line 21), before "commencement", insert "first".


 Schedule 5, item 217, page 169 (line 22), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 5, item 217, page 169 (lines 25 and 26), omit subitem (2), substitute:

 (2) Without limiting its effect apart from this item, the process is also taken, after the second commencement time, to have been begun under the corresponding provision.

The following amendments in respect of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 circulated by the Government were considered:

 Clause 2, page 2 (table item 3), omit the table item, substitute:

3. Schedule 2, items 1 to 41 January 2014.1 January 2014

3A. Schedule 2, item 51 August 2013.1 August 2013

3B. Schedule 2, item 61 January 2014.1 January 2014

3C. Schedule 2, items 7 to 111 August 2013.1 August 2013

3D. Schedule 2, item 121 January 2014.1 January 2014

3E. Schedule 2, items 13 and 141 August 2013.1 August 2013

3F. Schedule 2, item 151 January 2014.1 January 2014

3G. Schedule 2, items 16 and 16A1 August 2013.1 August 2013

3H. Schedule 2, item 171 January 2014.1 January 2014

3J. Schedule 2, item 181 August 2013.1 August 2013

3K. Schedule 2, items 19 to 211 January 2014.1 January 2014

3L. Schedule 2, item 221 August 2013.1 August 2013

3M. Schedule 2, item 231 January 2014.1 January 2014

3N. Schedule 2, Part 21 August 2013.1 August 2013

Schedule 2, page 36 (before line 30), after item 16, insert:

 16A Section 96-1 (after table item 14)

  Insert:

14AFees and Payments PrinciplesParts 3A.1, 3A.2 and
3A.3

Schedule 2, item 24, page 38 (line 6), omit the definition of commencement time, substitute:

  first commencement time means the time when item 5 of this Schedule commences.

 Schedule 2, item 24, page 38 (line 8), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 2, item 24, page 38 (line 10), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 2, item 24, page 38 (after line 10), at the end of the item, add:

  second commencement time means the time when item 1 of this Schedule commences.

 Schedule 2, item 25, page 38 (line 13), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 2, item 25, page 38 (line 14), before "commencement", insert "second".

 Schedule 2, item 26, page 38 (line 18), before "commencement", insert "first".

 Schedule 3, item 236, page 125 (table items 15 and 15A), omit the table items, substitute:

15Grant PrinciplesParts 5.1, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7

Clause 2, page 2 (table item 2), omit the table item, substitute:

2. Schedule 11 August 2013.1 August 2013

Clause 2, page 2 (table item 5), omit the table item, substitute:

5. Schedule 4, Part 11 August 2013.1 August 2013

Schedule 1, heading, page 5 (line 2), omit "1 July 2013", substitute "1 August 2013".

Schedule 4, heading to Part 1, page 135 (line 2), omit "1 July 2013", substitute "1 August 2013".

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Lines

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wong

Wright


NOES, 29

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ruston

Smith

Williams (Teller)

Xenophon

Question agreed to.

The following amendment in respect of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 circulated by Senator Xenophon was considered:

 Page 4 (after line 6), after clause 4, insert:

  

4A Further review of operation of amendments

  (1) The Minister must cause an independent review to be undertaken of the operation of the amendments made by:

 (a) this Act; and

 (b) the Aged Care (Bond Security) Amendment Act 2013; and

 (c) the Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Amendment Act 2013.

  (2) The review must consider at least the following matters:

 (a) the effectiveness of the provisions for determining the value of a person's assets in accordance with the Subsidy Principles;

 (b) the operation of the provisions relating to accommodation agreements and the impact that those provisions have on approved providers and care recipients;

 (c) the relative use of refundable deposits and daily payments and the impact that refundable deposits and daily payments have on aged care providers and residents;

 (d) any other related matter that the Minister specifies.

  (3) The review must make provision for public consultation and, in particular, must provide for consultation with:

 (a) approved providers; and

 (b) aged care workers; and

 (c) consumers; and

 (d) people with special needs; and

 (e) carers; and

 (f) representatives of consumers.

  (4) The review must be undertaken as soon as practicable after the end of the period of 18 months after the commencement of Schedule 1.

  (5) The person who undertakes the review must give the Minister a written report of the review within 6 months after the end of the 18 month period.

  (6) The Minister must cause a copy of the report of the review to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving it.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ruston

Smith

Williams (Teller)

Xenophon

NOES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Lines

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wong

Wright

Question negatived.

Question—That Schedule 1, items 36, 37 and 40, and Schedule 2, clause 95B-11 of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 stand as printed—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Lines

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wong

Wright

NOES, 29

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ruston

Smith

Williams (Teller)

Xenophon

Items and clause agreed to.


The following amendment in respect of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 circulated by the Australian Greens was considered:

 Schedule 1, page 25 (after line 8), after item 181, insert:

 181A At the end of section 95A-1

  Add:

  (3) If the *Aged Care Commissioner requests the Secretary to give the Commissioner information that the Commissioner requires for the purposes of the Commissioner's functions, the Secretary must, if the information is available to the Secretary, give the information to the Commissioner.

  (4) If, on and after 1 January 2014, the *Aged Care Commissioner requests the CEO of the Quality Agency to give the Commissioner information that the Commissioner requires for the purposes of the Commissioner's functions, the CEO must, if the information is available to the CEO, give the information to the Commissioner.

 181B After section 95A-11

  Insert:

 

95A-11A Aged Care Commissioner may give report to Minister at any time

   The *Aged Care Commissioner may, at any time, give a written report to the Minister on any matter relating to the Commissioner's functions.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Lines

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wong

Wright

NOES, 29

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ruston

Smith

Williams (Teller)

Xenophon

Question agreed to.


The following amendments in respect of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 circulated by the Australian Greens were agreed to:

 Schedule 1, page 25 (after line 14), after item 184, insert:

 184A Subsection 96-3(1)

  Repeal the subsection, substitute:

  (1) For the purposes of this Act, the Minister:

 (a) must establish a committee to be known as the Aged Care Financing Authority; and

 (b) may establish other committees.

 Schedule 1, Part 1, page 26 (after line 21), at the end of the Part, add:

 194A Application

  Despite the amendment made by item 184A of this Schedule, subsection 96-3(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997 has effect, before 1 August 2013, as if that amendment had not been made.

 Schedule 3, item 246, page 126 (lines 17 and 18), omit the item, substitute:

 246 Subsection 96-3(1)

  After "this Act", insert "and the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997".

Question—That the remaining stages of these bills be agreed to and these bills be now passed—put and passed.

Bills read a third time.