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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Social Services)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to family assistance, social security, paid parental leave, veterans’ entitlements, military rehabilitation and compensation and farm household support, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 4

Schedule 1—Payment rates                                                                                               5

Part 1—Family tax benefit                                                                                          5

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                   5

Part 2—Youth allowance and disability support pension                            6

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                             6

Schedule 2—Family tax benefit Part B rate                                                         10

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 10

Schedule 3—Family tax benefit supplements                                                       14

Part 1—Amendments commencing 1 July 2016                                            14

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 14

Part 2—Amendments commencing 1 July 2017                                            15

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 15

Part 3—Amendments commencing 1 July 2018                                            16

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 16

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                  17

Part 4—Other amendments                                                                                       19

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Assistance Alignment and Other Measures) Act 2016        19

Schedule 4—Jobs for families child care package                                            20

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                        20

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 20

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                  72

Part 2—Consequential amendments                                                                   230

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999                                     230

Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013                                       230

Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986                                                            230

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                           231

Part 3—Other amendments                                                                                     232

Division 1—Amendments commencing day after Royal Assent                    232

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               232

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                232

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999                                     233

Division 2—Amendments commencing 1 July 2017                                         234

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                234

Part 4—Application, saving and transitional provisions                           237

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         237

Division 2—Child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy                  237

Division 3—Child care benefit and child care rebate                                         239

Division 4—Providers of child care services                                                        240

Division 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                      242

Schedule 5—Proportional payment of pensions outside Australia       244

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         244

Schedule 6—Pensioner education supplement                                                  245

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      245

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         245

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          247

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                     249

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               249

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      249

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                           249

Part 3—Application and saving provisions                                                     250

Schedule 7—Education entry payment                                                                 252

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      252

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         252

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          253

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           253

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                     255

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      255

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936                                                                           255

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                           255

Taxation Administration Act 1953                                                                        256

Part 3—Application and saving provisions                                                     257

Schedule 8—Indexation                                                                                                   259

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         259

Schedule 9—Closing energy supplement to new welfare recipients    260

Part 1—Energy supplement under the social security law                      260

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         260

Part 2—Energy supplement under the Farm Household Support Act 277

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      277

Part 3—Energy supplement under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act   278

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           278

Part 4—Energy supplement under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act   284

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                      284

Part 5—Other amendments                                                                                     286

Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016                                                                    286

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           286

Schedule 10—Stopping the payment of pension supplement after 6 weeks overseas       287

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         287

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           292

Schedule 11—Automation of income stream review processes               295

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          295

Schedule 12—Seasonal horticultural work income exemption               297

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      297

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         297

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                     300

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      300

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           300

Part 3—Repeals                                                                                                             301

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      301

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         301

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           302

Schedule 13—Ordinary waiting periods                                                               303

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         303

Schedule 14—Age requirements for various Commonwealth payments 315

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      315

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         315

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                     322

Farm Household Support Act 2014                                                                      322

Schedule 15—Income support waiting periods                                                 324

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         324

Schedule 16—Other waiting period amendments                                           332

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         332

Schedule 17—Adjustment of parental leave pay for primary carer pay and other amendments             337

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                 337

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               337

Part 2—Application provisions                                                                             370

Schedule 18—Removal of parental leave pay mandatory employer role                 371

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                 371

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               371

Part 2—Contingent amendments                                                                         378

Division 1—Amendments if the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017 does not commence before this Act                                                                                                        378

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               378

Division 2—Amendments if the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017 commences before this Act                                                                                                              378

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               378

Division 3—Amendments contingent on the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017           378

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               378

Part 3—Application and transitional provisions                                           379

 

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to family assistance, social security, paid parental leave, veterans’ entitlements, military rehabilitation and compensation and farm household support, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Act 2017 .

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

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sec tions 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

1 July 2018.

1 July 2018

3.  Schedule 2

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

4.  Schedule 3, Part 1

1 July 2016.

1 July 2016

5.  Schedule 3, Part 2

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

6.  Schedule 3, Part 3

1 July 2018.

1 July 2018

7.  Schedule 3, Part 4

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

8.  Schedule 4, Parts 1 and 2

2 July 2018.

2 July 2018

9.  Schedule 4, Part 3, Division 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

10.  Schedule 4, Part 3, Division 2

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

11.  Schedule 4, Part 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

12.  Schedule 5

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

13.  Schedules 6 and 7

The first 1 January or 1 July to occur after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

14.  Schedule 8

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

15.  Schedule 9

20 September 2017.

20 September 2017

16.  Schedule 10

As follows:

(a) if this Act receives the Royal Assent before 1 July 2017—1 July 2017;

(b) if this Act receives the Royal Assent on or after 1 July 2017—the first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

17.  Schedule 11

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

18.  Schedule 12, Parts 1 and 2

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

19.  Schedule 12, Part 3

1 July 2020.

1 July 2020

20.  Schedules 13 and 14

The first 1 January or 1 July to occur after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

21.  Schedule 15

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 20.

 

22.  Schedule 16

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 21.

 

23.  Schedule 17

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 9 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

24.  Schedule 18, Part 1

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 9 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

25.  Schedule 18, Part 2, Division 1

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 9 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 11 to the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017 commences at or before that time.

 

26.  Schedule 18, Part 2, Division 2

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 9 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 11 to the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017 does not commence at or before that time.

 

27.  Schedule 18, Part 2, Division 3

Immediately after the commencement of Schedule 11 to the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if that Schedule commences at or before the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 24.

 

28.  Schedule 18, Part 3

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 9 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation 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.