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Social Services Legislation Amendment (More Generous Means Testing for Youth Payments) Bill 2015

Originating house
House of Representatives
Social Services


Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: remove the family assets test and the family actual means test from the youth allowance parental means test arrangements; align parental income test exemptions for youth allowance with existing arrangements for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A; apply a separate maintenance income test for the treatment of child support; and provide that, where a family has a dependent child who receives an individual youth payment that is parentally income-tested and younger siblings who qualify for FTB, the family pool for the youth parental income test will include all FTB children; and Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to remove maintenance income from the youth allowance parental income test assessment.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 10/09/15  
Second reading moved 10/09/15  
Second reading debate 20/10/15  
Second reading debate 21/10/15  
Second reading debate 22/10/15  
Second reading debate 09/11/15  
Second reading agreed to 09/11/15  
Third reading agreed to 09/11/15  
Introduced and read a first time 10/11/15  
Second reading moved 10/11/15  
Second reading debate 11/11/15  
Second reading debate 12/11/15  
Second reading agreed to 12/11/15  
Third reading agreed to 12/11/15  
Finally passed both Houses 12/11/15  
Assent 26/11/15 Act no: 159 - Year: 2015

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (10/09/2015): Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (09/11/2015)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)