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Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2003

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REVISED

2002

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 3 (line 6), to page 27 (line 4), items 1 to 53, TO BE OPPOSED .

[parenting payment]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 11, page 6 (line 5), omit “8 weeks”, substitute “1 week”.

[length of non-payment period]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 11, page 7 (lines 13 to 15), omit subsection (3), substitute:

             (3)  Subject to subsection (4), the participation agreement breach non-payment period starts 14 days after the day on which notice is given to the person.

[commencement of non-payment period]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 12, page 10 (lines 22 to 34), omit subsection (2), substitute:

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a person is an exempt person if:

                     (a)  the person has a PP child in respect of whom carer allowance is paid; or

                     (b)  the Secretary determines that the person should not be required to enter into a participation agreement.

          (2A)  For the purposes of paragraph (2)(b), the Secretary must take into account the following matters when having regard to the person’s capacity to enter into the terms of a participation agreement:

                     (a)  the person’s age, education, experience and skills; and

                     (b)  the person’s disability or illness, mental and physical condition; and

                     (c)  the state of the local labour market and transport in the area where the person and the child or children live; and

                     (d)  participation opportunities available to the person and any barriers to employment arising from paragraphs (a) and (b);

                     (e)  family and carer responsibilities of the person, including the needs and interests of the child or children and the support services available; and

                      (f)  current court proceedings; and

                     (g)  current child welfare concerns; and

                     (h)  length of travel time required to participate; and

                      (i)  financial costs of compliance and the person’s capacity to pay; and

                      (j)  any other matters that the Secretary or the person considers relevant in the circumstances.

[exempt person]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 14, page 16 (line 13), omit “26 weeks”, substitute “8 weeks”.

[length of breach rate reduction period]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 14, page 17 (lines 27 to 29), omit subsection (2), substitute:

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the participation agreement breach rate reduction period starts 14 days after the day on which notice is given to the person.

[commencement of breach rate reduction period]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 14, page 18 (line 30) to page 19 (line 4), omit paragraphs (a) and (b) of Step 2 of the Method statement, substitute:

                        (a)        if the participation agreement breach is the person’s first        breach in the 12 month period:

                                                Maximum payment rate x 0.10

                        (b)        if the participation agreement breach is the person’s second   breach in the 12 month period:

                                                Maximum payment rate x 0.15

[method statement]

(8)     Omitted

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(9)     Schedule 4, page 40 (line 2) to page 42 (line 28), TO BE OPPOSED .

[partner allowance]

(10)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 25), after item 24, insert:

24B  Subsection 550B(1)

Omit “8 weeks”, substitute “1 week”.

[breach period]

(11)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 25), after item 24, insert:

24C  After subsection 553C(4)

Add:

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  a person ceases to be qualified for youth allowance because of a failure to comply with a requirement to enter into a Youth Allowance Activity Agreement; and

                     (b)  the Secretary, under section 80 of the Administration Act, cancels or suspends the person’s youth allowance because of that loss of qualification; and

                     (c)  within 4 weeks after the date of effect of the action taken by the Secretary, the person enters into a Youth Allowance Activity Agreement;

the person’s qualification for youth allowance is taken, for the purposes of paragraph 540(c) of this Act, never to have ceased.

[qualification for youth allowance]

(12)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26A  Paragraph 557(b) and note

Repeal the paragraph and the note, substitute:

                     (b)  the latest breach is the first or second activity test breach in the 12 months immediately before the day after the latest breach.

Note:          If the latest breach is the third or subsequent activity test breach in the 12 months before the latest breach, an activity test non-payment period applies to the person (see Subdivision D of Division 2).

[breaching]

(13)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26B  Subsection 557A(1)

Omit “26 weeks”, substitute “8 weeks”.

[breach period]

(14)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26C  Subsection 557B(2)

Omit “the day on which the notice is given”, substitute “the 14th day after the day on which the notice is given”.

[start of breach period]

(15)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26D  Subsection 557B(3)

Omit “the period starts on the day”, substitute “the period starts on the 14th day”.

[start of breach period]

(16)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26E  Subsection 557E(1) (step 2 of the method statement)

Repeal the step, substitute:

Step 2.    Work out the rate reduction amount as follows:

              (a)           if the activity test breach is the person’s first breach in the 12 month              period:

                                       Maximum payment rate x 0.10

              (b)           if the activity test breach is the person’s second breach in the 12                       month period:

                                       Maximum payment rate x 0.15

[method statement]

(17)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26F  Subsection 557E(2)

Omit “ 2 year period means the 2 years”, substitute “ 12 month period means the 12 months”.

[period after activity test breach]

(18)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26G  Subsection 558A(1)

Omit “13 weeks”, substitute “4 weeks”.

[length of administrative breach rate reduction period]

(19)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26H  Subsection 558B(2)

Omit “period starts on the day”, substitute “period starts on the 14th day after the day”.

[commencement of breach rate reduction period]

(20)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26J  Section 558G (step 2 of the method statement)

Omit “0.16”, substitute “0.08”.

[method statement]

(21)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26K  Paragraph 576(2)(b) and note

Repeal the paragraph and the note, substitute:

                     (b)  the latest breach is the third or subsequent activity test breach in the 12 months immediately before the day after the latest breach.

Note:          If the latest breach is the first or second activity test breach in the 12 months before the latest breach, an activity test rate reduction period applies to the person (see Subdivision B of Division 5).

[breaching]

(22)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26L  Subsection 576B(1)

Omit “8 weeks”, substitute “1 week”.

[length of activity test non-payment period]

(23)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26M  Subsection 576C(2)

Omit “starts on the day”, substitute “starts on the 14th day after the day”.

[commencement of non-payment period]

(24)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26N  Paragraph 582(b) and note

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach rate reduction period]

(25)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26P  Subsection 582A(1)

Omit “26 weeks”, substitute “8 weeks”.

[breach rate reduction period]

(26)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26Q  Subsection 582B(2)

Omit “on the day”, substitute “on the 14th day after the day”.

[commencement of breach rate reduction period]

(27)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26R  Subsection 582D(1) (step 2 of the method statement)

Repeal the step, substitute:

Step 2.    Work out the rate reduction amount as follows:

              (a)           if the activity test breach is the person’s first breach in the 12                            month period:

                                       Maximum payment rate x 0.10

              (b)           if the activity test breach is the person’s second breach in the 12                       month period:

                                       Maximum payment rate x 0.15

[method statement]

(28)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26S  Subsection 582D(2)

Omit “ 2 year period means the 2 years”, substitute “ 12 month period means the 12 months”.

[period after activity test breach]

(29)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26T  Subsection 583A(1)

Omit “13 weeks”, substitute “4 weeks”.

[breach rate reduction period]

(30)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26U  Subsection 583B(2)

Omit “on the day”, substitute “on the 14th day after the day”.

[commencement of breach rate reduction period]

(31)   Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 30), after item 26, insert:

26V  Section 583G (step 2 of the method statement)

Omit “0.16”, substitute “0.08”.

[method statement]

(32)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30A  Paragraphs 624(1A)(a) and (b)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(33)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30B  Paragraphs 625(1A)(a) and (b)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(34)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30C  Paragraphs 626(1A)(a) and (b)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(35)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30D  Paragraphs 628(c) and (d)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(36)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30E  Paragraphs 629(a) and (b)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(37)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30F  Paragraphs 630(2)(a) and (b)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(38)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30G  Paragraphs 630AA (2)(a) and (b)

Omit “2 years” (wherever occurring), substitute “12 months”.

[breach period]

(39)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 11), after item 30, insert:

30H  Subsection 630B(2)

Omit “on the day”, substitute “on the 14th day after the day”.

[commencement of non-payment period]

(40)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 25), after item 33, insert:

33A  After section 634

Insert:

        634A  If:

                     (a)  a person ceases to be qualified for newstart allowance because of a failure to comply with a requirement to enter into a Newstart Activity Agreement; and

                     (b)  the Secretary, under section 80 of the Administration Act, cancels or suspends the person’s newstart allowance because of that loss of qualification; and

                     (c)  within 4 weeks after the date of effect of the action taken by the Secretary, the person enters into a Newstart Allowance Activity Agreement;

the person’s qualification for allowance is taken, for the purposes of subparagraph 593(1)(b)(i) of this Act, never to have ceased.

[qualification for newstart allowance]

(41)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 28), after item 34, insert:

34A  Section 644AA

Omit “26 weeks”, substitute “8 weeks”.

[length of breach rate reduction period]

(42)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 28), after item 34, insert:

34B  Subsection 644AB(2)

Omit “on the day”, substitute “on the 14th day after the day on”.

[commencement of breach rate reduction period]

(43)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 28), after item 34, insert:

34C  Paragraphs 644AE(2)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  if the activity test breach is the person’s first breach in the 12 month period:

           Maximum payment rate x 0.10

                     (b)  if the activity test breach is the person’s second breach in the 12 month period:

                 Maximum payment rate x 0.15

[method for determining rate reduction amount]

(44)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 28), after item 34, insert:

34D  Subsection 644AE(3)

Omit “ 2 year period means the 2 years”, substitute “ 12 month period means the 12 months”.

[period after activity test breach]

(45)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 28), after item 34, insert:

34E  Section 644B

Omit “13 weeks”, substitute “4 weeks”,

[breach rate reduction period]

(46)   Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 28), after item 34, insert:

34F  Subsection 644H(2)

Omit “0.16”, substitute “0.08”.

[method for determining rate reduction amount]