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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Pensioner and Veteran Workforce Participation) Bill 2022

 

2022

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Pensioner and Veteran Workforce Participation) Bill 2022

 

No.      , 2022

 

(Senator Dean Smith)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

4............ Review and expiration of Schedule 3................................................. 2

Schedule 1—Suspension of benefits and entitlements instead of cancellation      4

Part 1—Social security amendments                                                                     4

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                               4

Part 2—Veterans’ entitlements amendments                                                   15

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              15

Schedule 2—Extended qualification for pensioner concession cards 22

Part 1—Former recipients of age pensions                                                       22

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            22

Part 2—Former recipients of disability support pensions                         26

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            26

Part 3—Former recipients of veterans’ entitlements and certain partners              30

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              30

Part 4—Certain partners of former recipients of veterans’ entitlements 34

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            34

Schedule 3—Increasing the work bonus for pensioners and veterans 37

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            37

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              38

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Pensioner and Veteran Workforce Participation) Act 2022 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedules 1 to 3

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

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation 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   Review and expiration of Schedule 3

Review

             (1)  The Minister must cause a review to be conducted of the operation of the amendments made by Schedule 3 to this Act.

             (2)  The persons who undertake the review must:

                     (a)  without limiting subsection (1), consider as part of the review, the merits of continuing the operation of the amendments made by Schedule 3 to this Act taking into account:

                              (i)  changes in overseas net migration levels; and

                             (ii)  the unemployment rate; and

                            (iii)  the workforce participation rate; and

                            (iv)  utilisation of the work bonus; and

                     (b)  give the Minister a written report of the review no later than 30 days before the sunset day mentioned in subsection (4).

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the report is given to the Minister.

Sunsetting of amendments

             (4)  The amendments made by Schedule 3 to this Act cease to be in force at the start of the day (the sunset day ) after the end of the period of:

                     (a)  12 months beginning on the day Schedule 3 commenced; or

                     (b)  each successive 12-month period after the day referred to in paragraph (a);

unless subsection (5) applies.

             (5)  The Minister may, by notifiable instrument, determine that the amendments made by Schedule 3 to this Act do not cease to be in force for a period of 12 months if the Minister is satisfied, after considering the report mentioned in subsection (2), that the amendments should remain in operation.

Definition of Minister

             (6)  For the purposes of this section, Minister means the Minister administering the Social Security Act 1991 .