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Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Act 2003

 

No. 35, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes

 

 



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 2

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

4............ Evaluation........................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Parenting Payment Participation Agreements                            5

Part 1A—Amendment of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999       5

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                   5

Part 1—Amendment of the Social Security Act 1991                                         6

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                             6

Part 2—Amendment of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999     32

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                           32

Schedule 1A—Amendments in relation to administrative penalties         37

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           37

Schedule 2—Language, literacy and numeracy supplement                         49

Part 1A—Amendment of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999       49

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 49

Part 1—Amendment of the Social Security Act 1991                                       50

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           50

Part 2—Amendment of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999     53

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                           53

Part 3—Amendment of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                    54

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                             54

Schedule 3—Personal Support Programme                                                            57

Part 1—Amendment of the Social Security Act 1991                                       57

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           57

Part 2—Amendment of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999     61

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                           61

Schedule 4—Closure of access to mature age allowance and partner allowance    62

Part 1—Closure of access to mature age allowance                                          62

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           62

Part 2—Closure of access to partner allowance                                                  64

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           64

Schedule 5—Flexible participation requirements for mature age newstart allowees            65

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           65

Schedule 6—Working credit                                                                                            73

Part 1—Amendment of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999          73

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 73

Part 2—Amendment of the Social Security Act 1991                                       74

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           74

Part 3—Amendment of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999   104

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                         104

Schedule 7—Miscellaneous amendments                                                              119

Part 1—Amendment of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999   119

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                         119

Part 2—Amendment of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999         120

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999               120

 



 

 

 

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Act 2003

No. 35, 2003

 

 

 

An Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 24 April 2003 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Act 2003 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, on the day or at the time specified in column 2 of the table.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 4 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

24 April 2003

2.  Schedules 1, 1A and 2

20 September 2003

20 September 2003

3.  Schedule 3

The 28th day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

22 May 2003

4.  Schedules 4, 5 and 6

20 September 2003

20 September 2003

5.  Schedule 7

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

24 April 2003

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table is for additional information that is not part of this Act. This information may be included in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4   Evaluation

             (1)  The Minister must conduct an evaluation of the measures contained in Schedules 1 and 5 of this Act.

             (2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the evaluation must include the following:

                     (a)  the numbers of parenting payment (single) recipients and parenting payment (partnered) recipients required to enter into participation agreements and the number of such recipients granted an exemption;

                     (b)  details of expenditure on ancillary assistance provided to those affected by the measures such as expenditure on job network and training;

                     (c)  employment outcomes of parenting payment (single) recipients, parenting payment (partnered) recipients and newstart mature age recipients targeted by the measures compared to the employment outcomes of these groups prior to the implementation of the measures;

                     (d)  details of average earnings of the target population affected by the measures compared to earnings of the target population prior to the implementation of the measures;

                     (e)  details of compliance with the activity agreements for parenting payment (single) recipients, parenting payment (partnered) recipients and newstart mature age recipients, including the numbers for each group in situations where a breach penalty was applied, and the reasons for applying a breach penalty;

                      (f)  details of total savings resulting from breach penalties applied to parenting payment (single) recipients, parenting payment (partnered) recipients and newstart mature age recipients required to enter into activity agreements;

                     (g)  an assessment of the impact of the measures in Schedule 1 on children of parenting payment recipients;

                     (h)  a cost benefit analysis of the new participation measures applying to parenting payment (single) recipients, parenting payment (partnered) recipients and newstart mature age recipients.

             (3)  The evaluation must be completed and tabled in each House of the Parliament by 30 June 2006.



 



 





 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 16 May 2002

Senate on 19 June 2002 ]

 

 

(112/02)