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A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes
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Registered 09 Oct 2020
Introduced Senate 09 Oct 2020
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2019‑2020

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Security Amendment (COVID‑19 Supplement) Bill 2020

 

No.      , 2020

 

(Senator Siewert)

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Maintaining the COVID‑19 supplement                                    3

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020                          3

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            3

Schedule 2—Expanding eligibility for the COVID‑19 supplement         5

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            5

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Social Security Amendment (COVID‑19 Supplement) Act 2020.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Maintaining the COVID‑19 supplement

  

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020

1  After subitem 40A(1) of Schedule 11

Insert:

          (1A)  However, an instrument made under this item must not have the effect of:

                     (a)  decreasing the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement; or

                     (b)  removing the COVID‑19 supplement.

Social Security Act 1991

2  Paragraph 504(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  the period (the initial period) beginning on 25 March 2020 and ending on 28 March 2021, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

3  Subsection 504(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Amount of supplement

             (4)  For the period beginning on 27 April 2020 and ending at the end of the initial period, and any extension of that period, the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

4  Subsections 504(5) to (8)

Repeal the subsections.

5  Paragraph 557(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  the period (the initial period) beginning on 25 March 2020 and ending on 28 March 2021, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

6  Subsection 557(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Amount of supplement

             (4)  For the period beginning on 27 April 2020 and ending at the end of the initial period, and any extension of that period, the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

7  Subsections 557(5) to (8)

Repeal the subsections.

8  Paragraph 646(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  the period (the initial period) beginning on 25 March 2020 and ending on 28 March 2021, unless paragraph (b) applies; or

9  Subsection 646(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Amount of supplement

             (4)  For the period beginning on 27 April 2020 and ending at the end of the initial period, and any extension of that period, the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

10  Subsections 646(5) to (8)

Repeal the subsections.

11  Application

                   The amendments of the Social Security Act 1991 made by this Schedule apply in relation to an instalment period that began on or after 25 September 2020 and later instalment periods.

Schedule 2Expanding eligibility for the COVID‑19 supplement

  

Social Security Act 1991

1  At the end of Division 4 of Part 2.2

Add:

56  COVID‑19 supplement

             (1)  If a person is receiving:

                     (a)  an age pension; and

                     (b)  rent assistance;

the rate of the person’s age pension is increased by the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement. The increase begins on 25 September 2020.

             (2)  In this section:

rent assistance means an amount paid or payable under this Act to help cover the cost of rent.

Amount of supplement

             (3)  For the period beginning on 25 September 2020 and ending at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2), the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

Cessation of supplement

             (4)  This section ceases to apply at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2).

2  At the end of Division 5 of Part 2.3

Add:

121  COVID‑19 supplement

             (1)  If a person is receiving a disability support pension, the rate of the person’s disability support pension is increased by the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement. The increase begins on 25 September 2020.

Amount of supplement

             (2)  For the period beginning on 25 September 2020 and ending at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2), the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

Cessation of supplement

             (3)  This section ceases to apply at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2).

3  At the end of Part 3.19

Add:

1210C  COVID‑19 supplement for specified payments

             (1)  If a person is receiving one of the following payments:

                     (a)  austudy payment;

                     (b)  partner allowance;

                     (c)  widow allowance;

                     (d)  special benefit;

                     (e)  a payment under the scheme known as the ABSTUDY scheme that includes an amount identified as a living allowance;

then the rate of the person’s payment is increased by the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement.

Amount of supplement

             (2)  For the period beginning on 25 September 2020 and ending at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2), the amount of the COVID‑19 supplement per fortnight is $550.

Cessation of supplement

             (3)  This section ceases to apply at the end of the period covered by subsection 646(2).