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Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package) Bill 2019


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Education

Summary

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: amend the requirement on child care providers for the issuing of Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) certificates by removing the 50 per cent limit on the number of children that a provider can self-certify for ACCS; enable the minister to prescribe circumstances in which a third party may contribute to meeting the cost of an individual’s child care fees without affecting that individual’s child care subsidies (CCS); enable the minister to prescribe specific circumstances in which CCS can be paid where the child is absent at the start or end of an enrolment; and include the In Home Care rate alongside the rates for other care types, and the capacity for the minister to specify eligibility criteria and care requirements that must be met for access to Commonwealth-subsidised In Home Care places; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: increase the number of weeks at which enrolments automatically cease due to non-attendance from 8 to 14 weeks; clarify that certain decisions must first be subject to internal review before application is made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; simplify the process for making claims for CCS; ensure that where an approved provider of child care service is suspended or cancelled, access to CCS is automatically suspended or cancelled; and enable child care providers to request voluntary suspension of their approval in appropriate circumstances. Also makes refinements, corrections and consequential amendments to both Acts.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18/09/19  
Second reading moved 18/09/19  
Second reading debate 24/10/19  
Second reading debate 25/11/19  
Second reading agreed to 25/11/19  
Consideration in detail debate 25/11/19 Amendment details: 4 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 25/11/19  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 27/11/19  
Second reading moved 27/11/19  
Second reading debate 05/12/19  
Second reading agreed to 05/12/19  
Third reading agreed to 05/12/19  
     
Finally passed both Houses 05/12/19  
Assent 12/12/19 Act no: 125 - Year: 2019
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet RZ118]

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  • Non-Government
RISHWORTH, Amanda, MP

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Senate
  • Opposition [sheet 8835]
KENEALLY, Sen Kristina

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes