The majority voted in favour of keeping the following parts of the bill unchanged:

  • schedules 3, 4 and 9 to 14
  • subsection 42AI(3) in item 1 of schedule 15, and
  • schedule 17.

In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of a motion that those parts stand as printed.

What is schedule 3?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 3—Cessation of Wife Pension

Quick guide to Schedule 3

Wife pension is a non-activity tested income support payment paid at Age Pension rates to female partners of Age Pensioners or Disability Support Pensioners who are not eligible for a pension in their own right.

The amendments in Schedule 3 operate to cease the payment entirely. Transitional amendments will allow women who cease receiving Wife Pension to receive an alternative payment, where available.

What is schedule 4?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 4—Cessation of Bereavement Allowance

Quick guide to Schedule 4

The amendments in Schedule 4 operate so that a person who is qualified for Youth Allowance or Jobseeker Payment will be able to receive a one-off, higher payment if their partner dies, in addition to their regular fortnightly payments.

In addition newly bereaved claimants for Youth Allowance or Jobseeker Payment will be entitled to certain exemptions from existing waiting period requirements.

What is schedule 9?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 9—Changes to activity tests for persons aged 55–59

Quick guide to Schedule 9

The amendments in Schedule 9 impose a new activity test on Newstart Allowance and certain Special Benefit recipients aged between 55 and 59.

Under the new test the relevant recipients will satisfy the activity test if they are engaged, for at least 30 hours per fortnight, in a combination of approved unpaid voluntary work or suitable paid work, at least 15 hours of which must be suitable paid work.

What is schedule 10?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 10—Start day for some participation payments

Quick guide to Schedule 10

The measures in Schedule 10 to the Bill provide for the start day for Youth Allowance (other) and Newstart Allowance payments to be the day the applicant attends their initial appointment with their employment services provider (unless an appointment is not able to be scheduled within two business days), rather than the date on which the claim for payment was made.

What is schedule 11?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 11—Removal of Intent to Claim provisions

Quick guide to Schedule 11

Schedule 11 amends the SSA Act by removing the current deemed claim provisions that allow a claimant to receive payments from the date on which they initially contacted the Department of Human Services.

The rationale for the amendments is that the deeming provisions were introduced at a time when claim forms were mailed to claimants, completed and then returned to Centrelink by mail. With the progressive rollout of online claiming, these provisions are no longer necessary.

What is schedule 12?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 12—Establishment of a drug testing trial

Quick guide to Schedule 12

The measures in Schedule 12 to the Bill provide for a two-year trial in three regions involving mandatory drug testing for 5,000 new recipients of Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance (other).

What is schedule 13?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 13—Removal of exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence

Quick guide to Schedule 13

The amendments in Schedule 13:

  • establish a new category of income support recipient—being a declared program recipient—that is, someone who is a participant in an employment services program specified in a determination (an alcohol and/or other drug treatment program) and
  • removing exemptions from the mutual obligation requirements where the reason for the exemption is wholly or predominantly attributable to the person’s dependence on alcohol or another drug, unless the job seeker is a participant in an employment services program to be specified in a determination—that is, an alcohol and/or other drug treatment program.

What is schedule 14?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 14—Changes to reasonable excuses

Quick guide to Schedule 14

Schedule 14 amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable the Secretary to determine by legislative instrument matters that he, or she, must not take into account in deciding whether or not a job seeker has a reasonable excuse for committing a compliance failure.

What is subsection 42AI(3) in item 1 of schedule 15?

According to the bills digest:

Proposed Sections 42AI and 42AJ set out the reasonable excuse arrangements that apply to the new compliance failures. Proposed Section 42AI stipulates that the Secretary must by legislative instrument determine the matters that must be taken into account and not taken into account in deciding whether a job seeker has a reasonable excuse for committing a mutual obligation or work refusal failure.

What is schedule 17?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 17—Information management

Quick guide to Schedule 17

The amendments in Schedule 17 relate to the information gathering and protection provisions in the family assistance law, PPL Act, social security law and Student Assistance Act. They aim to:

  • allow information or documents obtained about a person under the coercive information gathering provisions in the course of an administrative action, to be used in subsequent investigation and prosecution of criminal offences and
  • insert limited abrogation of the privilege against self-incrimination provisions.

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Cory Bernardi SA Australian Conservatives Absent
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 0 Yes 9 No
Andrew Bartlett Queensland No
Richard Di Natale Victoria No
Sarah Hanson-Young SA No
Nick McKim Tasmania No
Lee Rhiannon NSW No
Janet Rice Victoria No
Rachel Siewert WA No
Jordon Steele-John WA No
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania No
Australian Labor Party (72% turnout) 0 Yes 18 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania No
Carol Brown Tasmania No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Anthony Chisholm Queensland No
Jacinta Collins Victoria No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Chris Ketter Queensland No
Kimberley Kitching Victoria No
Gavin Marshall Victoria No
Malarndirri McCarthy NT No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Deborah O'Neill NSW No
Helen Polley Tasmania No
Louise Pratt WA No
Lisa Singh Tasmania No
Glenn Sterle WA No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Murray Watt Queensland No
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT Absent
Kristina Keneally NSW Absent
Jenny McAllister NSW Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Yes
Derryn Hinch Victoria Derryn Hinch's Justice Party Yes
Sue Lines WA Deputy President No
Fraser Anning Queensland Independent Yes
Lucy Gichuhi SA Independent Yes
Steve Martin Tasmania Independent No
Tim Storer SA Independent No
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party Yes
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 1 Yes 0 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland Yes
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (77% turnout) 17 Yes 0 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Yes
Simon Birmingham SA Yes
Slade Brockman WA Yes
David Bushby Tasmania Yes
Michaelia Cash WA Yes
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Yes
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Yes
David Fawcett SA Yes
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Yes
Mitch Fifield Victoria Yes
Jane Hume Victoria Yes
Ian Macdonald Queensland Yes
James Paterson Victoria Yes
Marise Payne NSW Yes
Linda Reynolds WA Yes
Zed Seselja ACT Yes
Dean Smith WA Yes
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Lucy Gichuhi SA Absent
Jim Molan NSW Absent
Anne Ruston SA Absent
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 3 Yes 0 No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Yes
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland Yes
John Williams NSW Yes
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Stirling Griff SA Yes
Rex Patrick SA Yes
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 3 Yes 0 No
Brian Burston NSW Yes
Peter Georgiou WA Yes
Pauline Hanson Queensland Yes
Scott Ryan Victoria President Yes
Totals (83% turnout) 32 Yes – 30 No