The Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 will help to give effect to the Youth Jobs PaTH measure announced in the 2016‑17 Budget. This Bill will ensure that fortnightly incentive payments to eligible young job seekers placed in PaTH Internships are not ‘income’ for social security and veterans’ entitlement purposes. This Bill will also amend the social security law to protect young job seekers whose employers receive a wage subsidy for them. It will allow those young job seekers to have their income support suspended for a period rather than cancelled. If they lose their job through no fault of their own within 26 weeks of commencing employment, they will be able to have their social security payments restored.
The Senate referred an inquiry into the Bill to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee on 10 November 2016. The Senate Committee tabled its report in Parliament on 28 November 2016.
The Government tabled its response on 3 March 2017 which is available below.