Status of Legislation

This page provides information on DSS legislation, which either was finalised during the last sittings or is currently before the Parliament.  More information is available on the Bills and Legislation page on the Parliament of Australia website, or by calling the DSS Legislation Liaison Officer on +61-2-6146 3173.

Update – Thursday 3 April 2014

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014

Content:

This Act makes amendments:

  • to encourage responsible gambling,
  • to enable a two-year continuation of income management as part of the continuation of Cape York Welfare Reform,
  • provide for payment of family tax benefit Part A to families only up to the end of the calendar year in which their teenager is completing school,
  • require age pensioners and certain other pensioners with unlimited portability to have been Australian residents for 35 years during their working life (from age 16 to age pension age) to receive their full means-tested pension after 26 weeks’ absence from Australia,
  • end late registrations for the closed pension bonus scheme,
  • extend the indexation pauses on certain higher income limits for family and parental payments, for three further years until 30 June 2017,
  • reduce from three years to 56 weeks the length of time that families can be temporarily overseas and continue to receive family and parental payments,
  • align the income test treatment of account-based superannuation income streams, for products assessed from 1 January 2015, with the deemed income rules applying to other financial assets, and
  • to implement minor administrative improvements.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 20 November 2013.
  • Passed by the House with amendments on 4 December 2013.
  • Passed by the Senate with amendments on 5 March 2014.
  • Further amended by the House on 18 March 2014.
  • Agreed by the Senate on 25 March 2014.

Date of Royal Assent: 31 March 2014.

Act No.: 14 of 2014

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014

Content:

This is the first of two Bills to implement the Government’s election commitment to repeal the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.  This Bill will repeal the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012, thereby abolishing the Commission.  However, this Bill will not take effect until the enactment of a later Bill, which will provide the details of the arrangements replacing the Commission.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 19 March 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the 2014 Winter sittings.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Health Card and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill will implement the Government’s election commitment to index income thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.  The Bill will also make minor and technical amendments to several Acts, including to reflect changed public service administrative arrangements, and to bring provisions of the Student Assistance Act 1973 relating to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal into line with similar provisions in the social security and related laws.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 27 March 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the 2014 Winter sittings.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Content Updated: 3 April 2014