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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015

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2013-2014-2015-2016

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT

(FAMILY MEASURES) BILL 2015

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

Amendment to be moved on behalf of the Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by the authority of the

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP)





SOCIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT

(FAMILY MEASURES) BILL 2015

 

Amendment to be moved on behalf of the Government

 

OUTLINE

 

This Government amendment changes the commencement dates for both Schedules to the Bill.

 

The Bill currently provides for Schedule 1 (Portability of family tax benefit) to commence on 1 January 2016.  This is now deferred to the first 1 January or 1 July to occur on or after Royal Assent.  The earliest commencement for this measure would therefore be 1 July 2016.  Schedule 1 will reduce to six weeks the length of time for which family tax benefit Part A, and additional payments that rely on family tax benefit eligibility, will be paid to recipients who are outside Australia.  Portability extension, and exemption provisions that allow longer portability under special circumstances, will continue to apply.

 

The Bill currently provides for Schedule 2 (Large family supplement) to commence on 1 July 2016.  Recognising the potential for delays to the Bill, the commencement of this Schedule is now amended to the first 1 July to occur on or after Royal Assent.  Schedule 2 will cease the large family supplement, which is a component of family tax benefit Part A currently paid for the fourth and each subsequent FTB child in the family.

 

Financial impact statement

 

MEASURE

ESTIMATED REVISED FINANCIAL IMPACT OVER THE FORWARD ESTIMATES (FISCAL BALANCE, WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT)

Portability of family tax benefit

Saving of $28.7 million *

Cease the large family supplement

Saving of $177.3 million #

* Note:  this figure is indicative and assumes a 1 July 2016 start date.

# Note:  there is no change to this figure, which is based on a 1 July 2016 start date.



SOCIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT

(FAMILY MEASURES) BILL 2015

 

 

Amendment to be moved on behalf of the Government

 

NOTES ON AMENDMENT

 

Amendment 1 amends the commencement table in clause 2 of the Bill.  

 

The amendment changes the commencement of Schedule 1 from 1 January 2016 to the first 1 January or 1 July on or after the day the Act receives the Royal Assent. 

 

The way that the commencement of Schedule 2 is formulated also changes.  The reference to 1 July 2016 is replaced by reference to the first 1 July on or after the day the Act receives the Royal Assent.