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 – Monday 21 July 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 House of Representatives.

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.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 17 July 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the Senate.

Date of Royal Assent:

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Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Content:

The first of these Bills will establish a payment scheme for supported employees with intellectual impairment in Australian Disability Enterprises who previously had their wages assessed under the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool.  The Bill will provide reassurance to supported employees in light of a recent court decision.

The second Bill provides the necessary consequential amendments – to ensure the payments are eligible income for the lump sum in arrears tax offset, to ensure the payments are not income-tested under the social security law and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, and to make sure personal information can be obtained and disclosed for the purposes of administering the new scheme.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 5 June 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 17 June 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the Senate.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill introduces several 2014 Budget measures:

  • ceasing Seniors Supplement,
  • re-naming Clean Energy Supplement as Energy Supplement and permanently ceasing indexation,
  • several changes and pauses to indexation for Australian Government payments,
  • reviewing Disability Support Pension recipients under age 35 against revised impairment tables and applying the Program of Support requirements,
  • limiting the six-week overseas portability period for student payments,
  • extending and simplifying the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments, and
  • maintaining Family Tax Benefit standard rates at current levels for two years to 30 June 2016.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 18 June 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 24 June 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the Senate.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill introduces several further 2014 Budget measures:

  • several further changes and pauses to indexation for Australian Government payments,
  • generally limiting the overseas portability period for Disability Support Pension,
  • excluding from the income test any payments made under the new Young Carer Bursary Programme,
  • changes to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, including generally counting untaxed superannuation income in the assessment for the card,
  • removing relocation scholarship assistance for students relocating within and between major cities,
  • ceasing Pensioner Education Supplement and the Education Entry Payment,
  • extending Youth Allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance,
  • requiring young people with full capacity to learn, earn or Work for the Dole,
  • implementing several family payment reforms,
  • increasing the qualifying age for Age Pension, and the non-veteran pension age, to 70, and
  • removing the three-months’ backdating of Disability Pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 18 June 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 24 June 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the Senate.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill reintroduces, with certain modifications, two measures that were removed from the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 during its passage through the Senate in March 2014, both now to commence on 1 January 2015:

  • imposing an interest charge on certain student income support debt – originally a 2012-13 Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook measure, and
  • replacing Student Start-up Scholarships with Student Start-up Loans – originally a 2013 Budget measure, and now amended as part of the 2014 Budget to remove grandfathering.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 17 July 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the House of Representatives.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

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