Cutting back Government allowances and spending on incentives

12 May 2011

Access to a number of Government allowances has been tightened and spending initiatives provided to move people from welfare into the workforce. Some of these include:

  • Deferred introduction of paid paternity leave by 6 months to 1 January 2013.
  • Freeze indexation of Family Tax Benefits supplements for 3 years.
  • Freeze indexation of upper limits and thresholds of family payments for a further 2 years.
  • Changes to the Family Tax Benefit A for dependent 16 to 19 year olds in full time secondary study (removing the need to choose between the FTB and Youth Allowance).
  • Limit Family Tax Benefit Part A to children under 21.
  • Increased audits of new disability support pension claims and the bringing forward of new and stricter assessment criteria.
  • Allow disability support pensioners to work up to 30 hours per week.
  • Introduce participation requirements for recipients on the disability pension who are under the age of 35 with some work capacity.
  • Eligibility and parental means testing for Youth Allowance extended to 21 (currently 20). Newstart allowance closed to applicants under 22 years of age (currently 21).
  • Compulsory participation plans for teenage parents (once child turns 6 months).
  • Compulsory participation plans for jobless families.
  • Incentives for single parents to join the workforce by adjusting the income test for government payments.
  • Increased obligations on the long term unemployed.
  • Transitional activities for school leavers who leave before completing year 12.
  • Reduction in HECS scheme incentive to pay contribution up front from 20% to 10% from 1 January 2012.
  • Bonus on voluntary payments to the ATO reduced from 10% to 5%.

More information

2011/12 Budget (PDF)

The nip n tuck budget

Budget winners and losers

Reforms to tax compliance

Economic overview

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