Bills of the current Parliament

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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Social Services


Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance; Farm Household Support Act 2014 to make consequential amendments; and Farm Household Support Act 2014, Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to substitute references to the newstart allowance with references to the jobseeker payment following commencement of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018.

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 11/09/19  
Second reading moved 11/09/19  
Second reading debate 15/10/19  
Second reading debate 16/10/19  
Second reading debate 17/10/19  
Second reading agreed to 17/10/19  
Third reading agreed to 17/10/19  
Introduced and read a first time 17/10/19  
Second reading moved 17/10/19  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 25/07/22  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (12/09/2019): Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (10/10/2019)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (05/12/2019): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 1 of 2020