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A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes
Administered by: Social Services
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Registered 28 Jul 2022
Introduced HR 27 Jul 2022
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2022

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Lifting the Income Limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) Bill 2022

 

No.      , 2022

 

(Social Services)

 

 

 

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

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            3

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              4

 

 


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

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Lifting the Income Limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) 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Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted.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.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Social Security Act 1991

1  Point 1071‑12 (table item 1, column 3)

Omit “$50,000”, substitute “$90,000”.

2  Point 1071‑12 (table item 2, column 3)

Omit “$40,000”, substitute “$72,000”.

3  Point 1071‑12 (table items 3 to 5, column 3)

Omit “$50,000”, substitute “$90,000”.

4  Point 1071‑12 (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          The amounts in column 3 are indexed annually on 20 September in line with CPI increases (see sections 1190 to 1194). However, indexation of these amounts is modified for 2022 and 2023 (see subsections 1192(5BA) and (5BB)).

5  After subsection 1192(5B)

Insert:

       (5BA)  The seniors health card income limit is not to be indexed on 20 September 2022.

        (5BB)  For the purposes of working out the indexed amount for the seniors health card income limit on 20 September 2023, the current figure for the seniors health card income limit immediately before that day is taken to be:

                     (a)  for an amount covered by column 3 of item 1, 3, 4 or 5 of the table in point 1071‑12—$90,000; or

                     (b)  for an amount covered by column 3 of item 2 of the table in point 1071‑12—$72,000.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

6  Point 118ZZA‑11 (table item 1, column 3)

Omit “$50,000”, substitute “$90,000”.

7  Point 118ZZA‑11 (table item 2, column 3)

Omit “$40,000”, substitute “$72,000”.

8  Point 118ZZA‑11 (table items 3 and 4, column 3)

Omit “$50,000”, substitute “$90,000”.

9  Point 118ZZA‑11 (note 4)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 4:       The amounts in column 3 are to be indexed on 20 September 2023 and each later 20 September in line with CPI increases (see section 198FAA).

10  Subsection 198FAA(6) (definition of indexation day)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

indexation day means 20 September 2023 and each later 20 September.

11  Application of amendments

(1)       The amendments of the Social Security Act 1991 made by this Schedule apply in relation to working out whether a person qualifies for a seniors health card on a day occurring on or after 20 September 2022.

(2)       The amendments of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 made by this Schedule apply in relation to working out whether a person is eligible for a seniors health card on a day occurring on or after 20 September 2022.