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 – Wednesday 11 December 2014

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 6) Act 2014

Content:

This Act reintroduces several measures previously introduced in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014:

  • re-naming Clean Energy Supplement as Energy Supplement and permanently ceasing indexation,
  • maintaining at current levels for two or three years certain assets value limits and assets test free areas,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • limiting the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Large Family Supplement and Part A per-child add-on to the higher income free area, and reducing the FTB Part B primary earner limit from $150,000 to $100,000 a year, and
  • adding the WA Industrial Relations Commission decision of 29 August 2013 as a pay equity decision under the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account Act 2012, allowing payment of Commonwealth supplementation to affected service providers.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 2 October 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 2 October 2014.
  • Passed by the Senate on 17 November 2014.
  • Enacted.

Date of Royal Assent: 26 November 2014

Act No.: 122 of 2014

Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges (Amendment) Act 2014

Content:

These Acts:

  • make consequential amendments to the Aged Care Act 1997 to reflect the implementation of the 2014 Budget measure, Reprioritising the Aged Care Workforce Supplement, under which residential care, home care and flexible care providers of aged care services receive an increase in basic subsidy,
  • make amendments supporting implementation of stage 2 of My Aged Care,
  • overcome a current impediment to recovery of past care costs for home care provided to a care recipient who receives a compensation payment, by bringing home care into line with the existing capacity to recover residential care costs, and
  • make minor clarifying and technical amendments.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 25 September 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 27 October 2014.
  • Passed by the Senate on 24 November 2014.
  • Enacted.

Date of Royal Assent: 4 December 2014

Acts No.: 126 and 127 of 2014 respectively

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Supplement Cessation) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill reintroduces the Seniors Supplement cessation measure originally introduced in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 2 October 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 22 October 2014.
  • Debated in the Senate on 18 November 2014.  Still before the Senate.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill reintroduces several measures previously introduced in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014:

  • maintaining at current levels for certain periods the standard FTB child rates and certain income free areas and means test thresholds for Australian Government payments, and indexing Parenting Payment Single to the CPI only,
  • revising the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) end-of-year supplements to their original values and cease indexation, limiting FTB Part B to families with children under six, and introducing a new allowance for certain single parents,
  • extending and simplifying the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments,
  • 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, and
  • removing the three-months’ backdating of Disability Pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 2 October 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 22 October 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the Senate.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

Content:

This Bill reintroduces several 2014 Budget measures:

  • maintaining at current levels for three years the current income test free areas for all pensions other than Parenting Payment Single, and the deeming thresholds for all payments,
  • indexing all pensions other than Parenting Payment Single to the CPI only,
  • resetting deeming thresholds, and
  • increasing the qualifying age for Age Pension, and the non-veteran pension age, to 70.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 2 October 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the House of Representatives.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

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.
  • Debated in the House of Representatives on 3 December 2014. Still before the House.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

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.
  • First Bill was amended by the Senate on 24 November 2014, but both Bills were then negatived in Committee of the Whole.

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 drafted 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.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 22 October 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 would have introduced 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.

The Bill would also have added the WA Industrial Relations Commission decision of 29 August 2013 as a pay equity decision under the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account Act 2012, allowing payment of Commonwealth supplementation to affected service providers.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 18 June 2014.
  • Passed by the House of Representatives on 24 June 2014.
  • Debated in the Senate on 30 September 2014 and 1 October 2014, but not passed.
  • Discharged from the Senate Notice Paper on 28 October 2014.
  • Measures reintroduced in new Bills described above.

Date of Royal Assent:

Act No.:

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

Content:

This Bill would have introduced 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.
  • Debated in the Senate on 30 September 2014 and 1 October 2014, but not passed.
  • Discharged from the Senate Notice Paper on 28 October 2014.
  • Measures reintroduced in new Bills described above.

Date of Royal Assent:

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