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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

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

 

 

( 1 )     Schedule  15 , item  1 , page 203 (before line 2) , before subsection  42AL ( 1 ), insert:

42AKA   Determination about mutual obligation, work refusal and unemployment failures and severe financial hardship

                   If the Secretary determines that a person commits a mutual obligation failure, a work refusal failure or an unemployment failure, the Secretary must also determine that this section applies unless the Secretary is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the person does not have the capacity to undertake any reconnection requirement; and

                     (b)  serving the payment suspension period, the reduction period, the unemployment preclusion period or the post-cancellation non-payment period, or having the participation payment cancelled, would cause the person to be in severe financial hardship.

[financial hardship]

(2)     Schedule 15, item 1, page 203 (line 5), after “for a period”, insert “and has determined that section 42AKA applies”.

[financial hardship]

( 3 )     Schedule  15 , item  1 , page 203 (after line 32) , after section  42AL , insert:

42ALA   Ending payment suspension periods

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 42AL(3)(b), the Secretary may end a person’s payment suspension period if the Secretary determines that:

                     (a)  the person does not have the capacity to undertake any reconnection requirement; and

                     (b)  serving the payment suspension period would cause the person to be in severe financial hardship.

             (2)  The Secretary may make a determination under subsection (1) on request or on his or her own initiative.

             (3)  This section does not limit paragraph 42AL(3)(b).

 [financial hardship]

(4)     Schedule 15, item 1, page 204 (line 6), at the end of subsection 42AM(1), add “and has determined that section 42AKA applies”.

[financial hardship]

( 5 )     Schedule  15 , item  1 , page 204 (line 30) , at the end of subsection  42AN ( 1 ), add:

             ; and (c)  the Secretary has determined that section 42AKA applies.

[financial hardship]

(6)     Schedule 15, item 1, page 205 (line 25), after “for a participation payment”, insert “and has determined that section 42AKA applies”.

[financial hardship]

(7)     Schedule 15, item 1, page 206 (line 15), at the end of subsection 42AP(1), add “and has determined that section 42AKA applies”.

[financial hardship]

( 8 )     Schedule  15 , item  1 , page 207 (line 23) , after subsection  42AP(5) , insert:

          (5A)  If the Secretary determines that the post-cancellation non-payment period should end on an earlier day, the post-cancellation non-payment period ends immediately before that earlier day.

[financial hardship]

( 9 )     Schedule  15 , item  1 , page 208 (after line 3) , after section  42AP , insert:

42APA   Ending post-cancellation non-payment periods

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 42AP(5A), the Secretary may end a person’s post-cancellation non-payment period if the Secretary determines that serving the post-cancellation non-payment period would cause the person to be in severe financial hardship.

             (2)  The Secretary may make a determination under subsection (1) on request or on his or her own initiative.

             (3)  This section does not limit subsection 42AP(5A).

[financial hardship]