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2016-2017-2018

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

 

 

SCHEDULE A

 

 

Schedule of the requests by the Senate for amendments

 

 

 

 

 

(1)     Govt (5) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 4, item 39, page 100 (line 25), after “period”, insert “(the relevant period )”.

(2)     PHON (R6) [Sheet 8398]

Schedule 4, item 39, page 100 (line 34) to page 101 (line 1), omit section 567FB, substitute:

567FB   Amount of payment

             (1)  The amount of the person’s payment is worked out using the following formula (except if paragraph 567FA(g) applies in relation to the person):

             (2)  If subparagraph 567FA(g)(i) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person’s payment is worked out using the following formula:

             (3)  If subparagraph 567FA(g)(ii) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person’s payment is worked out using the following formula:

where:

additional amount means the amount worked out in accordance with the following table:

 

A dditional amount

Item

If the relevant period is:

the additional amount is:

1

More than 14 weeks but not more than 16 weeks

$2,250

2

More than 16 weeks but not more than 18 weeks

$2,700

3

More than 18 weeks but not more than 20 weeks

$3,150

4

More than 20 weeks but not more than 22 weeks

$3,550

5

More than 22 weeks but not more than 24 weeks

$4,000

6

More than 24 weeks but not more than 26 weeks

$4,450

7

More than 26 weeks but not more than 28 weeks

$4,900

8

More than 28 weeks but not more than 30 weeks

$5,350

9

More than 30 weeks but not more than 32 weeks

$5,800

10

More than 32 weeks

$6,250

(3)     Govt (7) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 4, item 54, page 105 (line 27), after “period”, insert “(the relevant period )”.

(4)     PHON (R8) [Sheet 8398]

Schedule 4, item 54, page 106 (lines 1 to 4), omit section 660LI, substitute:

660LI   Amount of payment

             (1)  The amount of the person’s payment is worked out using the following formula (except if paragraph 660LH(g) applies in relation to the person):

             (2)  If subparagraph 660LH(g)(i) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person’s payment is worked out using the following formula:

             (3)  If subparagraph 660LH(g)(ii) applies in relation to the person, the amount of the person’s payment is worked out using the following formula:



 

where:

additional amount means the amount worked out in accordance with the following table:

 

Additional amount

Item

If the relevant period is:

the additional amount is:

1

More than 14 weeks but not more than 16 weeks

$1,150

2

More than 16 weeks but not more than 18 weeks

$1,500

3

More than 18 weeks but not more than 20 weeks

$1,850

4

More than 20 weeks but not more than 22 weeks

$2,150

5

More than 22 weeks but not more than 24 weeks

$2,500

6

More than 24 weeks but not more than 26 weeks

$2,850

7

More than 26 weeks but not more than 28 weeks

$3,200

8

More than 28 weeks but not more than 30 weeks

$3,550

9

More than 30 weeks but not more than 32 weeks

$3,900

10

More than 32 weeks

$4,250

(5)     Govt (9) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 6, item 3, page 141 (lines 29 and 30), omit paragraph 603AC(1)(c), substitute:

                     (c)  she ceased to be a member of a couple after turning 40;

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate

 

 

The Senate

21 March 2018



 

SCHEDULE B

 

 

Amendments made by the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

(1)     Govt (1) [Sheet ES154]

Clause  2 , page 2 (cell at table item  9 , column 2), omit the cell, substitute:

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

(2)     Govt (2) [Sheet ES154]

Clause  2 , page 3 (cell at table item  14 , column 2), omit the cell, substitute:

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 2 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(3)     Govt (1) [Sheet JC466]

Clause 2, page 3 (table item 16), omit “Schedules 12 and 13”, substitute “Schedule 13”.

(4)     Govt (2) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 1, page 14 (after line 23), after item 93, insert:

93A  Subsection 603AA(2)

Omit “newstart allowance”, substitute “jobseeker payment”.

93B  Subsection 603AA(2) (note)

Omit “newstart allowance”, substitute “jobseeker payment”.

93C  Subsection 603AA(2A)

Omit “newstart allowance” (wherever occurring), substitute “jobseeker payment”.

(5)     Govt (3) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 1, item 352, page 46 (after line 8), after subitem (1), insert:

(1A)     If:

                     (a)  immediately before the commencement of this item, a person was receiving newstart allowance under the Social Security Act 1991 ; and

                     (b)  at the commencement of this item, the person starts to receive jobseeker payment;

then, while the person continuously receives that jobseeker payment on and after that commencement, the reference in subsection 603AA(2) of that Act to jobseeker payment is taken to be a reference to newstart allowance.



 

(6)     Govt (4) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule  1 , Part  4 , page 51 (line 1) to page 52 (line 19) , omit the Part.

(7)     Govt (10) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 9, items 1 and 2, page 166 (lines 5 to 19), omit the items, substitute:

1  Subsection 603AA(1)

Omit “subsection (3)”, substitute “subsections (2) and (3)”.

(8)     Govt (11) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 9, page 166 (after line 27), after item 6, insert:

6A  After subsection 603AA(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age and to a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period ) if that period begins before the end of 12 months starting on the day the person starts to receive newstart allowance. Instead the person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of the relevant period if the person:

                     (a)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

                     (b)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

Note:          Because of the definition of receive in section 23, this subsection applies separately in relation to each occasion the person starts to receive newstart allowance.

          (2A)  If newstart allowance ceases to be payable to a person for a period of less than 3 months (except because the newstart allowance was cancelled), then, for the purposes of subsection (2), the person is taken to be receiving newstart allowance during that period.

(9)     Govt (12) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 9, items 8 and 9, page 167 (lines 4 to 20), omit the items, substitute:

8  Subsection 731G(1)

Omit “subsection (3)”, substitute “subsections (2) and (3)”.

(10)   Govt (13) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 9, page 167 (after line 22), after item 10, insert:

10A  After subsection 731G(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age and to a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period ) if that period begins before the end of 12 months starting on the day the person starts to receive special benefit. Instead the person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of the relevant period if the person:

                     (a)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

                     (b)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

Note:          Because of the definition of receive in section 23, this subsection applies separately in relation to each occasion the person starts to receive special benefit.

          (2A)  If special benefit ceases to be payable to a person for a period of less than 3 months (except because the special benefit was cancelled), then, for the purposes of subsection (2), the person is taken to be receiving special benefit during that period.

(11)   Govt (14) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 9, item 13, page 168 (line 3), after “item”, insert “, whether the person started to receive newstart allowance or special benefit before, on or after that commencement”.

(12)   Govt (1) [Sheet JC488]

Schedule 11, page 172 (line 1) to page 173 (line 2), omit the Schedule, substitute:

Schedule 11 I ntent to claim provisions

   

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

1  After paragraph 13(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

2  Paragraph 13(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

3  After paragraph 13(2)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

4  Paragraph 13(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

5  After paragraph 13(3)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the claimant is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

6  Paragraph 13(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

7  After paragraph 13(3A)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

8  Paragraph 13(3A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

9  After paragraph 14(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

10  Paragraph 14(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

11  After paragraph 14(2)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

12  Paragraph 14(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

13  After paragraph 14(3)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the claimant is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

14  Paragraph 14(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

15  After paragraph 14(3A)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

16  Paragraph 14(3A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

17  After section 14

Insert:

14A   Determination for purposes of sections 13 and 14

                   The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine a class of persons for the purposes of paragraphs 13(1)(aa), (2)(aa), (3)(aa) and (3A)(aa) and 14(1)(aa), (2)(aa), (3)(aa) and (3A)(aa).

18  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to contacts to the Department made on or after the commencement of this item.

(13)   Govt (15) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 12, page 174 (line 1) to page 188 (line 9), omit the Schedule.



 

(14)   Govt (16) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 13, item 2, page 189 (lines 21 to 24), omit subsection 28C(3).

(15)   Govt (3) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 194 (line 11), omit “The Secretary must take action under this Division”, substitute “This Division is about the Secretary taking action”.

(16)   Govt (4) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (line 4), omit “must”, substitute “will usually”.

(17)   Govt (5) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (lines 5 to 7), omit “the participation payment must be cancelled. A participation payment must also”, substitute “be cancelled. In addition, a participation payment must”.

(18)   Govt (17) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (lines 26 to 34), omit paragraph 42AC(1)(a), substitute:

                     (a)  the person fails to comply with a requirement that was notified to the person under subsection 63(2) or (4);

(19)   Govt (18) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 196 (lines 6 to 8), omit “(except a notice containing a requirement described in subparagraph (a)(i) of this subsection)”.

(20)   Govt (19) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 196 (line 36), omit “Note 1”, substitute “Note”.

(21)   Govt (20) [Sheet JC466]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (lines 1 and 2), omit note 2.

(22)   Govt (6) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (after line 13), after paragraph 42AD(a), insert:

                    (aa)  in the case where the participation payment is parenting payment—the person is not someone to whom paragraph 500(1)(ca) of the 1991 Act applies; and

(23)   Govt (7) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (after line 21), after paragraph 42AE(1)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  in the case where the participation payment is parenting payment—the person is not someone to whom paragraph 500(1)(ca) of the 1991 Act applies; and

(24)   Govt (8) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (after line 31), after paragraph 42AE(2)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  in the case where the participation payment is parenting payment—the person is not someone to whom paragraph 500(1)(ca) of the 1991 Act applies; and

(25)   Govt (9) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 199 (after line 11), after subsection 42AF(3), insert:

Special rule—discretion not to take action for certain failures

          (3A)  Despite subsections (1) and (2), the Secretary may decide not to make a determination under either or both of those subsections for the relevant failure if it was committed under paragraph 42AC(1)(a) or subparagraph 42AC(1)(c)(i).

Note 1:       Paragraph 42AC(1)(a) relates to a failure to comply with a requirement notified under subsection 63(2) or (4). Subparagraph 42AC(1)(c)(i) relates to a failure to attend, or to be punctual for, an appointment that a person is required to attend by a notice under subsection 63(2).

Note 2:       The Secretary may instead cancel or suspend the participation payment under section 80 (see section 42AS).

          (3B)  In deciding whether to make a decision under subsection (3A), the Secretary must have regard to any matters determined under subsection 42AR(1A) and may have regard to any other relevant matters.

(26)   Govt (10) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 209 (after line 3), after subsection 42AR(1), insert:

          (1A)  The Minister may also, by legislative instrument, determine matters to which the Secretary must have regard for the purposes of subsection 42AF(3B) in making a decision under subsection 42AF(3A).

(27)   Govt (11) [Sheet ES154]

Schedule 15, item 1, page 209 (line 4), omit “The Minister may also”, substitute “In addition, the Minister may”.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate

 

 

The Senate

21 March 2018