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Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020


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

Summary

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to: extend the COVID-19 supplement to 31 March 2021 for all persons in receipt of youth allowance, including full time students and new apprentices; extend the temporary COVID-19 qualification rules for jobseeker payment and youth allowance to 31 March 2021; end the COVID-19 exemptions from the liquid assets test waiting period and assets tests from 1 January 2021; and temporarily enable the minister to determine modifications to specified provisions of the social security law in response to COVID-19; Farm Household Support Act 2014 and Social Security Act 1991 to provide that the COVID-19 supplement and the exemptions from the ordinary waiting period, newly arrived resident's waiting period and seasonal work preclusion period cannot be extended beyond 31 March 2021; and Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 to introduce a discretionary power to extend the principal home exemption temporary absence provisions for the purposes of the social security and veterans' entitlements assets tests. Also permits jobkeeper information provided to Services Australia on or before 28 March 2021 to continue to be used after that date.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 12/11/20  
Second reading moved 12/11/20  
Second reading debate 01/12/20  
Second reading debate 02/12/20  
Second reading agreed to 02/12/20  
Consideration in detail debate 02/12/20  
Third reading agreed to 02/12/20  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 03/12/20  
Second reading moved 03/12/20  
Second reading debate 10/12/20  
Second reading agreed to 10/12/20  
Committee of the Whole debate 10/12/20 Amendment details: 1 Opposition agreed to
Third reading agreed to 10/12/20  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 10/12/20 Details: House disagreed to Senate amendment
     
Senate
Consideration of House of Reps message 10/12/20 Details: Senate did not insist on its amendment
     
Finally passed both Houses 10/12/20  
Assent 17/12/20 Act no: 140 - Year: 2020
     

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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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
BURNEY, Linda, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 1160]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 1124]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Opposition [sheet 1164 revised]
PRATT, Sen Louise

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  • Opposition [sheet 1162]
PRATT, Sen Louise

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  • Opposition [sheet 1161]
PRATT, Sen Louise

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  • Opposition [sheet 1149]
PRATT, Sen Louise

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendment made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendment made by the Senate to which the House of Representatives has disagreed

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