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Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017


Type
Government
Originating house
Senate
Status
Act
Portfolio
Social Services

Summary

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; extend the ordinary waiting period to youth allowance (other) and parenting payment; include additional evidentiary requirements for the ‘severe financial hardship’ exemption from the ordinary waiting period; and remove the ability for claimants to serve the ordinary waiting period concurrently with other waiting periods; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable automation of the regular income stream review process; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years, from 1 July 2017, in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B.

Progress of bill

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

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 22/03/17  
Second reading moved 22/03/17  
Second reading debate 22/03/17  
Second reading agreed to 22/03/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 22/03/17  
Third reading agreed to 22/03/17
(after midnight)
 
     
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23/03/17  
Second reading moved 23/03/17  
Second reading debate 29/03/17  
Second reading agreed to 29/03/17  
Consideration in detail debate 29/03/17  
Third reading agreed to 29/03/17  
     
Finally passed both Houses 29/03/17  
Assent 12/04/17 Act no: 33 - Year: 2017
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Opposition [sheet 8104]
CAMERON, Sen Doug

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House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
MACKLIN, Jenny, MP

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes