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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018


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

Summary

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to: expand the cashless debit card arrangements to a further trial site, the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area, to run until 30 June 2020; specify the class of trial participants for the area and increase the total number of trial participants overall to 15 000; provide for an exception from the restrictive trade practices provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 for merchants that implement product level blocking systems to identify that a cashless debit card is being used for payment and, if any restricted products are being purchased, decline the transaction; and limit the use of the restricted portion of a payment to prevent the portion being used to obtain cash-like products which could be used to obtain alcohol or gambling.

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 30/05/18  
Second reading moved 30/05/18  
Second reading debate 21/06/18  
Second reading agreed to 21/06/18  
Third reading agreed to 21/06/18  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 25/06/18  
Second reading moved 25/06/18  
Second reading debate 22/08/18  
Second reading debate 23/08/18  
Second reading agreed to 23/08/18  
Committee of the Whole debate 23/08/18  
Committee of the Whole debate 11/09/18 Amendment details: 11 Government and 1 Independent (Senator Storer) agreed to
Third reading agreed to 11/09/18  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 11/09/18 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 11/09/18  
Assent 21/09/18 Act no: 110 - Year: 2018
     

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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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Government [sheet JC538]

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  • Independent [sheet 8495]
STORER, Sen Tim

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (21/06/2018): Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (14/08/2018)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (26/06/2018): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 8 of 2018
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)