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 30 March 2015

Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Content:

This Bill provides that a person who is undergoing psychiatric confinement because they have been charged with a serious offence will be taken to be in psychiatric confinement for the purpose of the social security law, irrespective of whether the person is undertaking a course of rehabilitation. One of the effects of this is that relevant social security payments will not be payable to the person while the person is undergoing that psychiatric confinement.

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 25 March 2015.
  • Awaiting debate in the House of Representatives.

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.
  • First Bill was amended by the Senate on 24 November 2014, but both Bills were then negatived in Committee of the Whole.
  • However, both Bills were recommitted to the Senate on 17 March 2015 for further consideration.

Date of Royal Assent:

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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:

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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.:

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2014

Content:

This Bill is to maintain the Child Care Benefit (CCB) income thresholds at the amounts applicable as at 30 June 2014. Identical amendments relating to CCB were removed from the Family Assistance Legislation (Child Care Measures) Act 2014 during its passage through the Senate in June 2014. (That Act retained similar amendments relating only to the Child Care Rebate.)

Current status:

  • Introduced into the Parliament on 25 June 2014.
  • Awaiting debate in the House of Representatives.

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.:

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:

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