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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Bill 2017


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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Bill 2016



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Social Services

Summary

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: remove the assets test exemption for youth allowance and austudy payment recipients whose partner receives certain income support payments; extend the means test rules used to assess interests in trusts and companies to independent youth allowance and austudy payment recipients; align income test treatment of gift payments from immediate family members with existing pension rules; harmonise the family tax benefit and youth allowance parental income tests by including tax free pensions and benefits as income for the parental income test; ensure that all students receiving income support receive a health care card; and enable the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness structure used to assess eligibility for student payments to be automatically updated.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14/09/16  
Second reading moved 14/09/16  
Second reading debate 21/03/17  
Second reading agreed to 21/03/17  
Consideration in detail debate 21/03/17 Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 21/03/17  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 23/03/17  
Second reading moved 23/03/17  
Second reading debate 27/03/17  
Second reading agreed to 27/03/17  
Third reading agreed to 27/03/17  
     
Finally passed both Houses 27/03/17  
Assent 04/04/17 Act no: 24 - Year: 2017
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet JC385]

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (13/10/2016): Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (07/11/2016)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)