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A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to family law, social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes
Administered by: Employment and Workplace Relations
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Registered 28 Jul 2022
Introduced Senate 27 Jul 2022
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2022

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Self‑Employment Programs and Other Measures) Bill 2022

 

No.      , 2022

 

(Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to family law, social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments relating to self‑employment programs          3

Family Law Regulations 1984                                                                                  3

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            3

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              5

Schedule 2—Technical amendments                                                                          8

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            8

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                             8


A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to family law, social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Self‑Employment Programs and Other Measures) Act 2022.

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.

Note:          The provisions of the Family Law Regulations 1984 amended by this Act, and any other provisions of those Regulations, may be amended or repealed by regulations made under section 125 of the Family Law Act 1975 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003).

Schedule 1Amendments relating to self‑employment programs

  

Family Law Regulations 1984

1  After paragraph 12A(e)

Insert:

                    (ea)  a payment under the program known as:

                              (i)  the Self‑Employment Assistance program; or

                             (ii)  if the Self‑Employment Assistance program is known by another name—that other name;

2  At the end of regulation 12A

Add:

Note:          For the purposes of subparagraph (ea)(ii), if the name of the Self‑Employment Assistance program changes, notice must be given of that change (see subsection 23(25) of the Social Security Act 1991).

Social Security Act 1991

3  Paragraph 8(8)(t)

Omit “the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

4  Subsection 23(1) (definition of NEIS payment)

Repeal the definition.

5  Subsection 23(1)

Insert:

self‑employment program means:

                     (a)  the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme; or

                     (b)  the program known as:

                              (i)  the Self‑Employment Assistance program; or

                             (ii)  if the Self‑Employment Assistance program is known by another name—that other name.

Note:          For the purposes of subparagraph (b)(ii), if the name of the Self‑Employment Assistance program changes, the Employment Secretary must give notice of that change (see subsection (25)).

6  At the end of section 23

Add:

Self‑Employment Assistance program

           (25)  If the program known as the Self‑Employment Assistance program becomes known by another name, the Employment Secretary must, by notifiable instrument, give notice of the change in name.

7  Subsection 1064(1) (note 2)

Omit “the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

8  Point 1071A‑4 (paragraph (d) of the definition of income)

Omit “the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

9  Part 3.15 of Chapter 3 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part 3.15Self‑employment programs

10  Section 1186

Omit “the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

11  Section 1187 (heading)

Omit “New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

12  Paragraphs 1187(1)(b) and (1A)(b)

Omit “NEIS”, substitute “a payment under a self‑employment program”.

13  Paragraph 1187(1A)(b)

Omit “, or in respect of the person,”.

14  Paragraph 1187(2)(b)

Omit “NEIS”, substitute “a payment under a self‑employment program”.

15  Subsection 1188(1)

Omit “a NEIS payment”, substitute “a payment under a self‑employment program (a self‑employment program payment)”.

16  Subsection 1188(1)

Omit “the NEIS payment”, substitute “the self‑employment program payment”.

17  Subsection 1188(2)

Omit “NEIS payment” (wherever occurring), substitute “self‑employment program payment”.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

18  Paragraph 5H(8)(x)

Omit “the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

19  Subsection 5Q(1)

Insert:

self‑employment program means:

                     (a)  the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme; or

                     (b)  the program known as:

                              (i)  the Self‑Employment Assistance program; or

                             (ii)  if the Self‑Employment Assistance program is known by another name—that other name.

Note:          For the purposes of subparagraph (b)(ii), if the name of the Self‑Employment Assistance program changes, notice must be given of that change (see subsection 23(25) of the Social Security Act).

20  Sections 36N, 37N and 38N (note 2)

Omit “the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

21  Division 9 of Part IIIB (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 9Self‑employment programs

22  Section 50

Omit “the scheme known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

23  Section 50 (note)

Omit “the NEIS”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

24  Section 50A (heading)

Omit “NEIS”, substitute “a self‑employment program”.

25  Paragraphs 50A(1)(b), (2)(b) and (3)(b)

Omit “NEIS”, substitute “a payment under a self‑employment program”.

26  Subsection 50B(1)

Omit “a NEIS payment”, substitute “a payment under a self‑employment program (a self‑employment program payment)”.

27  Subsection 50B(1)

Omit “the NEIS payment”, substitute “the self‑employment program payment”.

28  Subsection 50B(2)

Omit “NEIS payment” (wherever occurring), substitute “self‑employment program payment”.

29  Application of amendments

The amendments made by this Schedule (other than items 1 and 2) apply in relation to payments under a self‑employment program that are made on or after 1 July 2022.

Schedule 2Technical amendments

  

Social Security Act 1991

1  Paragraph 540(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  throughout the period:

                              (i)  the person is undertaking full‑time study (see section 541B); or

                             (ii)  the person is exempt from undertaking full‑time study (see Subdivision C) but the person satisfies the Secretary that the person would otherwise be undertaking full‑time study (see section 541B); or

                            (iii)  the person satisfies subsection (2); and

2  Subsection 593(1) (notes 2 and 3)

Repeal the notes.

3  Paragraphs 593(1F)(a) and (b)

Omit “a Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plan”, substitute “an employment pathway plan”.

4  Subsection 661B(1) (table item 3, column 3, paragraph (a))

Omit “subparagraph 540(1)(a)(ia)”, substitute “subparagraph 540(1)(a)(ii)”.

5  Subsection 661B(1) (table item 3, column 3, paragraph (b))

Omit “subparagraph 540(1)(a)(ib)”, substitute “subparagraph 540(1)(a)(iii)”.

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

6  Paragraph 40S(1)(a)

Omit “subparagraph 593(1)(a)(iii)”, substitute “subparagraph 593(1)(a)(ii)”.