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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017


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

Summary

Amends: seven Acts to create a jobseeker payment to replace seven existing payments as the main payment for people of working age from 20 March 2020; 10 Acts to provide for the cessation of the widow B pension, wife pension, bereavement allowance, sickness allowance, widow allowance and partner allowance; the Social Security Act 1991 to: remove the ability of newstart allowance and certain special benefit recipients aged 55 to 59 to satisfy the activity test by engaging in voluntary work for at least 30 hours per fortnight; and remove certain exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence; the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide that a job seeker’s newstart allowance or youth allowance be payable from the date they attend their initial appointment with their employment services provider; ensure that job seekers are not able to use drug or alcohol dependency as an excuse for failing to meet their requirements; introduce a new compliance framework for mutual obligation requirements in relation to participation payments; and enable the Department of Human Services to require applicants to provide their tax file number at the time of a claim; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: provide that claimants receive payments from the date they lodge a complete claim; and establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999, Paid Parental Leave Act 2010, Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable certain information obtained in the course of an administrative action to be used in subsequent investigations and criminal proceedings; and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to exempt three social security laws from the operation of the Act. Also: enables the minister to make rules of a transitional nature in relation to the cessation of payments; and makes consequential amendments to the Farm Household Support Act 2014, Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 22/06/17  
Second reading moved 22/06/17  
Second reading debate 06/09/17  
Second reading debate 07/09/17  
Second reading debate 11/09/17  
Second reading agreed to 11/09/17  
Consideration in detail debate 11/09/17 Amendment details: 22 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 11/09/17  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 12/09/17  
Second reading moved 12/09/17  
Second reading debate 19/10/17  
Second reading debate 07/12/17  
Second reading agreed to 07/12/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 07/12/17 Amendment details: 15 Government agreed to
Requests details: 5 Government agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 19/03/18 Amendment details: 12 Government agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 20/03/18 Requests details: 2 Pauline Hanson's One Nation agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 21/03/18  
Bill agreed to, subject to requests 21/03/18  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 26/03/18 Details: House made Senate requested amendments
     
Senate
Third reading agreed to 26/03/18  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 27/03/18 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 27/03/18  
Assent 11/04/18 Act no: 26 - Year: 2018
     

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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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to sheet JC466

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to sheet ES154

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to sheet JC488

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet EU110]

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Senate
  • Australian Conservatives [sheet 8230]
BERNARDI, Sen Cory

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8315]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8288]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8260]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8250]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8243]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8245 revised]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8254]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Government [sheet JC488]

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  • Government [sheet ES154]

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  • Government [sheet JC466]

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  • Liberal Democratic Party [sheet 8393]
LEYONHJELM, Sen David

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  • Liberal Democratic Party [sheet 8255]
LEYONHJELM, Sen David

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  • Opposition [sheet 8236 revised]
CAMERON, Sen Doug

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  • Pauline Hanson's One Nation [sheet 8398]
HANSON, Sen Pauline

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedules of the requests by the Senate for amendments and the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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