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Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Support Reform Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill 2007

2004-2005-2006-2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Support Reform Consolidation and Other Measures) Bill 2007

 

No.      , 2007

 

(Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to child support, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 5

4............ Application, saving and transitional provisions................................... 6

Schedule 1—Main amendments                                                                                     7

Part 1—Amendments commencing on 6 December 2006                           7

Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006                                                                                                                                7

Part 2—Amendments commencing the day after Royal Assent              8

Division 1—Amendments                                                                                           8

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                       8

Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006                                                                                                                              11

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      13

Division 2—Application provisions                                                                         24

Part 3—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2008                              27

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     27

Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006                                                                                                                              28

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      28

Part 4—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2008                                      29

Division 1—Amendment of principal Acts                                                            29

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 29

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     29

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      46

Division 2—Amendment of the New Formula Act                                              50

Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006                                                                                                                              50

Schedule 2—Incorporation in primary legislation of matters dealt with by regulation   52

Part 1—Amendments commencing 28 days after Royal Assent           52

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     52

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      64

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 80

Part 2—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2008                                      85

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     85

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      92

Schedule 3—Amendments relating to access to courts and review process             93

Part 1—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2008                              93

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     93

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      98

Part 2—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2008                                    101

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                   101

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                    106

Schedule 4—Miscellaneous amendments                                                              107

Part 1—Amendments commencing the day after Royal Assent          107

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                   107

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                    112

Part 2—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2008                            118

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                   118

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                    121

Part 3—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2008                                    123

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                   123

Schedule 5—Maintenance income test                                                                   125

Part 1—Notional assessments                                                                                125

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               125

Part 2—Maintenance income ceiling                                                                  127

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               127

Part 3—Maintenance income credit                                                                    128

Division 1—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2006                                   128

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               128

Division 2—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2007                                   130

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               130

Division 3—Amendment commencing on 1 July 2008                                     132

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               132

Schedule 6—Baby bonus amendments                                                                  134

Part 1—Baby bonus payments to those under 18                                        134

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               134

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                134

Part 2—Registration of birth                                                                                  136

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               136

Part 3—Name change to baby bonus                                                                 137

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               137

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                138

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936                                                                           140

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                           140

Schedule 7—Portability of family tax benefit                                                    142

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               142

Schedule 8—Remote area allowance                                                                       143

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         143

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           151

Schedule 9—Dependant and housekeeper rebates, and Medicare levy 154

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936                                                                           154

Schedule 10—Extension of the assets test exemption period                    155

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         155

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           159

Schedule 11—Amendments relating to income streams                              165

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         165

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           169

Schedule 12—Other minor and technical amendments                               174

Part 1—Amendments relating to the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999              174

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         174

Part 2—Other minor and technical amendments                                         175

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         175

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          175

Part 3—Changing references to Act titles                                                       177

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                   177

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                    177

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to child support, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Support Reform Consolidation and Other Measures) Act 2007 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 4 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, Part 1

Immediately after the commencement of section 2 of the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

6 December 2006

3.  Schedule 1, Part 2

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

4.  Schedule 1, items 92 to 98

1 January 2008.

1 January 2008

5.  Schedule 1, items 99 and 100

Immediately before the commencement of items 92 to 96 of Schedule 2 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 January 2008

6.  Schedule 1, item 101

1 January 2008.

1 January 2008

7.  Schedule 1, Part 4, Division 1

Immediately after the commencement of Part 2 of Schedule 2 to this Act.

1 July 2008

8.  Schedule 1, item 212

Immediately before the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

9.  Schedule 1, items 213 and 214

Immediately before the commencement of Schedule 6 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

10.  Schedule 2, Part 1

The 28th day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

11.  Schedule 2, Part 2

Immediately after the commencement of Division 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 5 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

12.  Schedule 3, Part 1

1 January 2008.

1 January 2008

13.  Schedule 3, Part 2

Immediately after the commencement of Part 2 of Schedule 2 to this Act.

1 July 2008

14.  Schedule 4, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

15.  Schedule 4, Part 2

1 January 2008.

1 January 2008

16.  Schedule 4, Part 3

Immediately after the commencement of Part 2 of Schedule 3 to this Act.

1 July 2008

17.  Schedule 5, Part 1

Immediately after the commencement of Division 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 5 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

18.  Schedule 5, Part 2

Immediately after the commencement of item 155 of Schedule 8 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

19.  Schedule 5, Part 3, Division 1

Immediately after the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation (2006 Budget and Other Measures) Act 2006.

1 July 2006

20.  Schedule 5, Part 3, Division 2

1 July 2007.

1 July 2007

21.  Schedule 5, Part 3, Division 3

Immediately after the commencement of Division 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 5 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

22.  Schedule 6

1 July 2007.

1 July 2007

23.  Schedule 7, items 1 and 2

1 July 2007.

1 July 2007

24.  Schedule 7, item 3

Immediately after the commencement of item 84 of Schedule 8 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 July 2008

25.  Schedule 8

At the same time as items 15 to 19 of Schedule 8 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 commence.

1 July 2008

26.  Schedule 9

At the same time as items 15 to 19 of Schedule 8 to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 commence.

1 July 2008

27.  Schedule 10

1 July 2007.

1 July 2007

28.  Schedule 11, items 1 to 12

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

29.  Schedule 11, item 13

At the same time as Part 2 of Schedule 8 to the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Act 2007 commences.

1 July 2007

30.  Schedule 11, items 14 to 25

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

31.  Schedule 11, item 26

At the same time as Part 2 of Schedule 9 to the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Act 2007 commences.

1 July 2007

32.  Schedule 12, Part 1

Immediately after the commencement of section 7 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 .

20 March 2000

33.  Schedule 12, item 7

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

34.  Schedule 12, item 8

Immediately after the commencement of item 50 of Schedule 3 to the Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997 .

1 October 1997

35.  Schedule 12, item 9

Immediately after the commencement of item 6 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Allowance) Act 1998 .

1 July 1998

36.  Schedule 12, item 10

Immediately after the commencement of item 5 of Schedule 4 to the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation (2006 Budget and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 December 2006

37.  Schedule 12, items 11 to 13

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

38.  Schedule 12, items 14 and 15

Immediately after the commencement of item 5 of Schedule 4 to the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation (2006 Budget and Other Measures) Act 2006 .

1 December 2006

39.  Schedule 12, item 16

Immediately after the commencement of item 42 of Schedule 3 to the A New Tax System (Family Assistance and Related Measures) Act 2000 .

1 July 2000

40.  Schedule 12, item 17

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

41.  Schedule 12, Part 3

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by both Houses of the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4   Application, saving and transitional provisions

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  on 1 July 2008, a provision of an Act is amended by an item in a Schedule to the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 (the New Formula Act ); and

                     (b)  after that time, the provision is amended by an item in a Schedule to this Act; and

                     (c)  the New Formula Act contains an application provision, a saving provision or a transitional provision in relation to the amendment made by the New Formula Act;

(so far as the context permits), the application provision, saving provision or transitional provision in the New Formula Act applies in respect of the amendment made by this Act in the same way as that provision applied in respect of the amendment made by the New Formula Act.

             (2)  In subsection (1), a reference to an item amending a provision of an Act includes a reference to an item that inserts a provision into an Act or repeals a provision from an Act.