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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Bill 2021


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Social Services

Summary

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: increase, from 1 April 2021, the maximum basic rates of all working age social security payments by $50 per fortnight; extend, until 30 June 2021, the criteria for a person to qualify for youth allowance (other) or jobseeker payment in circumstances where the person is in quarantine or self-isolation or caring for a family member or household member in quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19; extend, until 30 June 2021, the portability period for certain age pensioners and recipients of the disability support pension unable to return to, or depart from, Australia within 26 weeks due to the impact of COVID-19; and permanently increase the ordinary income-free area for jobseeker payment, youth allowance (other), parenting payment partnered and related payments to $150 per fortnight.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25/02/21  
Second reading moved 25/02/21  
Second reading debate 16/03/21  
Second reading debate 17/03/21  
Second reading agreed to 17/03/21  
Consideration in detail debate 17/03/21  
Third reading agreed to 17/03/21  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 17/03/21  
Second reading moved 17/03/21  
Second reading agreed to 18/03/21  
Third reading agreed to 18/03/21  
     
Finally passed both Houses 18/03/21  
Assent 22/03/21 Act no: 23 - Year: 2021
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
BURNEY, Linda, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 1223]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 1219]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 1222]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 1221]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Opposition [sheet 1244]
DODSON, Sen Pat

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  • Pauline Hanson's One Nation [sheet 1261]
HANSON, Sen Pauline

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (25/02/2021): Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (12/03/2021)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (17/03/2021): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 3 of 2021
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)