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2016-2017-2018

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

 

 

Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

(1)     Clause  2 , page 2 (cell at table item  9 , column 2), omit the cell, substitute:

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

(2)     Clause  2 , page 3 (cell at table item  14 , column 2), omit the cell, substitute:

The first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the end of the period of 2 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(3)     Clause 2, page 3 (table item 16), omit “Schedules 12 and 13”, substitute “Schedule 13”.

(4)     Schedule 1, page 14 (after line 23), after item 93, insert:

93A  Subsection 603AA(2)

Omit “newstart allowance”, substitute “jobseeker payment”.

93B  Subsection 603AA(2) (note)

Omit “newstart allowance”, substitute “jobseeker payment”.

93C  Subsection 603AA(2A)

Omit “newstart allowance” (wherever occurring), substitute “jobseeker payment”.

(5)     Schedule 1, item 352, page 46 (after line 8), after subitem (1), insert:

(1A)     If:

                     (a)  immediately before the commencement of this item, a person was receiving newstart allowance under the Social Security Act 1991 ; and

                     (b)  at the commencement of this item, the person starts to receive jobseeker payment;

then, while the person continuously receives that jobseeker payment on and after that commencement, the reference in subsection 603AA(2) of that Act to jobseeker payment is taken to be a reference to newstart allowance.

(6)     Schedule  1 , Part  4 , page 51 (line 1) to page 52 (line 19) , omit the Part.



 

(7)     Schedule 9, items 1 and 2, page 166 (lines 5 to 19), omit the items, substitute:

1  Subsection 603AA(1)

Omit “subsection (3)”, substitute “subsections (2) and (3)”.

(8)     Schedule 9, page 166 (after line 27), after item 6, insert:

6A  After subsection 603AA(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age and to a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period ) if that period begins before the end of 12 months starting on the day the person starts to receive newstart allowance. Instead the person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of the relevant period if the person:

                     (a)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

                     (b)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

Note:          Because of the definition of receive in section 23, this subsection applies separately in relation to each occasion the person starts to receive newstart allowance.

          (2A)  If newstart allowance ceases to be payable to a person for a period of less than 3 months (except because the newstart allowance was cancelled), then, for the purposes of subsection (2), the person is taken to be receiving newstart allowance during that period.

(9)     Schedule 9, items 8 and 9, page 167 (lines 4 to 20), omit the items, substitute:

8  Subsection 731G(1)

Omit “subsection (3)”, substitute “subsections (2) and (3)”.

(10)   Schedule 9, page 167 (after line 22), after item 10, insert:

10A  After subsection 731G(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who has reached 55, but is under 60, years of age and to a period of 2 weeks (the relevant period ) if that period begins before the end of 12 months starting on the day the person starts to receive special benefit. Instead the person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of the relevant period if the person:

                     (a)  is engaged, for at least 30 hours in the relevant period, in a combination of:

                              (i)  approved unpaid voluntary work for an approved organisation; and

                             (ii)  paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable and that is at least 15 hours in the relevant period; or

                     (b)  is engaged for at least 30 hours in the relevant period in paid work that the Secretary regards as suitable.

Note:          Because of the definition of receive in section 23, this subsection applies separately in relation to each occasion the person starts to receive special benefit.

          (2A)  If special benefit ceases to be payable to a person for a period of less than 3 months (except because the special benefit was cancelled), then, for the purposes of subsection (2), the person is taken to be receiving special benefit during that period.

(11)   Schedule 9, item 13, page 168 (line 3), after “item”, insert “, whether the person started to receive newstart allowance or special benefit before, on or after that commencement”.

(12)   Schedule 11, page 172 (line 1) to page 173 (line 2), omit the Schedule, substitute:

Schedule 11 I ntent to claim provisions

   

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

1  After paragraph 13(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

2  Paragraph 13(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

3  After paragraph 13(2)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

4  Paragraph 13(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

5  After paragraph 13(3)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the claimant is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

6  Paragraph 13(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

7  After paragraph 13(3A)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

8  Paragraph 13(3A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

9  After paragraph 14(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

10  Paragraph 14(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

11  After paragraph 14(2)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

12  Paragraph 14(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

13  After paragraph 14(3)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the claimant is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

14  Paragraph 14(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

15  After paragraph 14(3A)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the person is, on the day on which the Department is contacted, included in a class of persons determined in an instrument under section 14A; and

16  Paragraph 14(3A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

17  After section 14

Insert:

14A   Determination for purposes of sections 13 and 14

                   The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine a class of persons for the purposes of paragraphs 13(1)(aa), (2)(aa), (3)(aa) and (3A)(aa) and 14(1)(aa), (2)(aa), (3)(aa) and (3A)(aa).

18  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to contacts to the Department made on or after the commencement of this item.

(13)   Schedule 12, page 174 (line 1) to page 188 (line 9), omit the Schedule.

(14)   Schedule 13, item 2, page 189 (lines 21 to 24), omit subsection 28C(3).

(15)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 194 (line 11), omit “The Secretary must take action under this Division”, substitute “This Division is about the Secretary taking action”.

(16)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (line 4), omit “must”, substitute “will usually”.

(17)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (lines 5 to 7), omit “the participation payment must be cancelled. A participation payment must also”, substitute “be cancelled. In addition, a participation payment must”.

(18)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 195 (lines 26 to 34), omit paragraph 42AC(1)(a), substitute:

                     (a)  the person fails to comply with a requirement that was notified to the person under subsection 63(2) or (4);

(19)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 196 (lines 6 to 8), omit “(except a notice containing a requirement described in subparagraph (a)(i) of this subsection)”.

(20)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 196 (line 36), omit “Note 1”, substitute “Note”.

(21)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (lines 1 and 2), omit note 2.

(22)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (after line 13), after paragraph 42AD(a), insert:

                    (aa)  in the case where the participation payment is parenting payment—the person is not someone to whom paragraph 500(1)(ca) of the 1991 Act applies; and

(23)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (after line 21), after paragraph 42AE(1)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  in the case where the participation payment is parenting payment—the person is not someone to whom paragraph 500(1)(ca) of the 1991 Act applies; and

(24)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 197 (after line 31), after paragraph 42AE(2)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  in the case where the participation payment is parenting payment—the person is not someone to whom paragraph 500(1)(ca) of the 1991 Act applies; and

(25)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 199 (after line 11), after subsection 42AF(3), insert:

Special rule—discretion not to take action for certain failures

          (3A)  Despite subsections (1) and (2), the Secretary may decide not to make a determination under either or both of those subsections for the relevant failure if it was committed under paragraph 42AC(1)(a) or subparagraph 42AC(1)(c)(i).

Note 1:       Paragraph 42AC(1)(a) relates to a failure to comply with a requirement notified under subsection 63(2) or (4). Subparagraph 42AC(1)(c)(i) relates to a failure to attend, or to be punctual for, an appointment that a person is required to attend by a notice under subsection 63(2).

Note 2:       The Secretary may instead cancel or suspend the participation payment under section 80 (see section 42AS).

          (3B)  In deciding whether to make a decision under subsection (3A), the Secretary must have regard to any matters determined under subsection 42AR(1A) and may have regard to any other relevant matters.

(26)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 209 (after line 3), after subsection 42AR(1), insert:

          (1A)  The Minister may also, by legislative instrument, determine matters to which the Secretary must have regard for the purposes of subsection 42AF(3B) in making a decision under subsection 42AF(3A).

(27)   Schedule 15, item 1, page 209 (line 4), omit “The Minister may also”, substitute “In addition, the Minister may”.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate

 

 

The Senate

26 March 2018