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Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2003

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2002-2003

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (AUSTRALIANS WORKING TOGETHER AND OTHER 2001 BUDGET MEASURES) BILL 2002

 

 

 

 

FURTHER SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

Amendments to be moved on behalf of the Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by the authority of the Minister for

Family and Community Services,

Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone)



FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (AUSTRALIANS WORKING TOGETHER AND OTHER 2001 BUDGET MEASURES) BILL 2002

 

 

OUTLINE AND FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT

 

These amendments provide changed commencement dates for most of the measures in the Bill due to the continuing delay in passage of the Bill.  The date for evaluation of certain measures is also being changed to reflect the changed commencement dates.

 

Changed commencement dates

 

The delay in the passage of the Bill has already resulted in changed commencement dates for some of the measures in the Bill.  These changed dates were provided by a Government amendment that was agreed to by both chambers of the Parliament in December 2002.

 

The continuing delay in passage means that the proposed commencement dates (including those amended already) for most of the measures in the Bill are now not achievable.  Accordingly, new commencement dates are being provided for most measures.  Upon enactment, these new commencement dates will prevail over the dates provided by the earlier Government amendment.

 

The new commencement dates are:

 

Schedule 1 (Parenting Payment Participation Agreements - was to commence on 1 July 2003)

 

Commencement:                 20 September 2003

 

Schedule 2 (Language, literacy and numeracy supplement - was to commence on 20 September 2002)

 

Commencement:                 20 September 2003

 

Schedule 3 (Personal Support Programme)

 

No change - commencement remains at the 28 th day after Royal Assent.

 

Schedule 4 (Closure of access to mature age allowance and partner allowance - was to commence on 1 July 2003)

 

Commencement:                 20 September 2003

 



Schedule 5 (Flexible participation requirements for mature age newstart allowees - was to commence on 1 July 2003)

 

Commencement:                 20 September 2003

 

Schedule 6 (Working credit - was to commence on 28 April 2003)

 

Commencement:                 20 September 2003

 

Schedule 7 (Miscellaneous amendments)

 

No change - commencement remains at the day of Royal Assent.

 

Financial implications

 

The total resourcing is as follows:

 

Total resourcing - measures commencing on 20 September 2003

 

2002-03

$m.

2003-04

$m.

2004-05

$m.

2005-06

$m.

Total

$m.

Parenting Payment Participation Agreements

-4.3

19.0

0.0

0.0

14.7

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement

-5.2

-1.1

0.0

0.0

-6.3

Closure of access to Mature Age Allowance and Partner Allowance

-0.1

2.1

0.2

0.0

2.2

Flexible participation requirements for Mature Age Newstart Allowees

-0.3

10.8

0.0

0.0

10.5

Working Credit

-19.1

4.9

0.0

0.0

-14.2

Total $m.

-29.0

35.7

0.2

0.0

6.9

 

Note:  Participation planning for widow allowees is a non-legislative AWT measure, linked to the legislative measures shown above, which is also being delayed until 20 September 2003.  The financial implications of this are:

 

 

2002-03

$m.

2003-04

$m.

2004-05

$m.

2005-06

$m.

Total

$m.

Total resourcing

-0.2

0.5

0.3

0.0

0.6

 



Changed evaluation date

 

An amendment has been made to the AWT Bill during passage, and agreed by all parties, to provide for an evaluation of the participation requirements for parents and mature age newstart allowees.  The amendment as it stands requires that evaluation to be tabled by 30 June 2005.  However, the delay in the Bill’s passage, and the consequential delayed commencement of the measures, means that there will not be enough data in the system with which to conduct that evaluation by that date.  Accordingly, the latest date for tabling the evaluation is now to be 30 June 2006.

 

Commencement:                 Royal Assent

 

Financial implications:       Nil

 



NOTES ON AMENDMENTS

 

Amendment 1

 

This amendment omits the current clause in the Bill that contains the commencement provisions and substitutes a new clause that incorporates the changed commencement dates that are necessary due to the continuing delay in passage of the Bill.  The measures in the Bill for which the commencement dates will change, and the new dates, are described in detail under Outline and Financial Impact Statement above.

 

Amendment 2

 

This amendment amends the proposed evaluation provision to achieve the delay of one year in the date by which the evaluation of the measures in Schedules 1 and 5 must be tabled.  That date will now be 30 June 2006.