The amendments in Parts 1–5 of Schedule 1 to the Bill commence on 20 March 2020. The amendments in Part 6 of Schedule 1 which relates to enhanced residency requirements for pensioners commence immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Act 2017 or on 20 March 2020—whichever is the later.5
However, if the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Act 2017 does not commence, the amendments in Part 6 of Schedule 1 do not commence at all.
According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill, the estimated impact on the fiscal balance over the forward estimates to 2020–21 of the measures in Schedule 1 is an expense of $11.6 million.6
Schedules 1–8 contain measures which abolish or amalgamate a number of payments for workforce-age people. Many of the payments concerned are dependency-based payments which have been closed to new applicants for many years as part of a policy implemented late last century, which required all workforce-age income support recipients to receive payments based on their employment capacity or their caring roles. Several other payments are being amalgamated as part of a policy to simplify the range of workforce-age payments..(continues)
SOURCE: Don Arthur, Dale Daniels , Matthew Thomas and Paula Pyburne, “Bills Digest: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017”, Bills Digest 32-2017/18, Australian Parliamentary Library, 08 September 2017
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