Supplementary Order Paper No 246

No 246

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Social Assistance Legislation (Budget 2019 Welfare Package) Amendment Bill

Proposed amendment

Denise Lee, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

New clause 6A

After clause 6 (page 3, after line 24), insert:

6A New section 194A inserted (MSD to report on key outcomes for children in benefit-dependent households)

After section 194, insert:

194A MSD to report on key outcomes for children in benefit-dependent households

MSD must publish yearly as part of its Annual Report or Statement of Intent, or as a standalone report, information on key outcomes for the number of children in benefit-dependent homes.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper introduces recommendation 5 of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s report, which provides for clear reporting on a number of outcomes related to Vote Social Development. This specific clause requires MSD to report on how the lives of children in benefit-dependent homes are affected by the changes in this bill. The purpose of this bill is to improve and increase the incomes for low-income individuals and families, and this amendment creates measures and yearly reporting on the improved outcomes for benefit recipients.