Complete list of changes to the law, social assistance payment rules to come on January 1, 2022

Changes in government payments, new collars for certain dogs and warrants for more women in the construction industry from 2022.

Changes in government payments, distinctive new collars for dangerous dogs, and Australia’s first program to attract more women into the construction industry will all begin from January 1.

Here are some of the changes that will begin in the new year.

Boost payments

Beneficiaries of allowances for young people, students and carers will benefit from an increase in their payments from January 1 after the indexation rate was raised to 3.5%, the highest since 2012.

Youth allowances for people living away from home will increase from $ 17.90 per fortnight to $ 537.40, while for people aged 18 and over living at home, they will be increased by $ 12.40, increasing their payments. bi-monthly at $ 371.60.

Older students on Austudy will also receive a bimonthly boost of $ 17.90, bringing those payments to $ 537.40.

Single parents with children will receive an additional $ 23 bi-weekly, raising these payments to $ 688.20 bi-weekly.

New collars for dogs from Queensland

Regulated Queensland dogs, including Restricted Breeds, Dogs Declared Dangerous, and Dogs Declared Threatening, must wear a distinctive red and yellow collar with reflective stripes from January 1.

“We want the same necklace to be worn everywhere, so that we all know what to watch out for,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and Rural Communities Minister Mark Furner said.

Increase in childcare subsidies

It won’t start until March, but child care costs will drop for wealthier families.

Families with more than one child aged five and under will receive a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children.

The grant will increase by 30 percent on March 7, giving families earning less than $ 354,305 a grant of up to 95 percent of the expenses paid for their second and subsequent children.

Under these changes, a family earning $ 110,000 per year will see the subsidy for their second child increase from 72 to 95 percent, and will be better off by $ 95 per week for four days of care.

More women in traditional jobs

Victoria will be the first jurisdiction in Australia to adopt a policy of equality for the construction industry.

As of Jan. 1, four percent of the working hours of apprentices and interns working on publicly funded construction projects valued at $ 20 million or more will have to be done by women.

The government’s Equality Building Policy (BEP) requires representation of women in at least three percent of every commercial position, seven percent of each non-commercial position, and 35 percent of managerial, supervisory and supervisory positions. labor specialist.

There will be a transition period between 2022 and 2023, with penalties for non-compliance introduced from 2024.

Free trade agreement enters into force

World’s largest free trade agreement to enter into force on January 1 between Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the ten countries of the Association of Asian Nations South East (ASEAN): Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) has been described as “not a particularly ambitious trade agreement” it doesn’t bring much additional benefit to Australia.

But it is important because of the number of countries that have joined, which account for almost a third of the world’s population and gross domestic product (GDP).

It also simplifies rules of origin and other trade standards, and contains a unique set of rules and procedures for exporters to use the preferential tariff measures of the agreement in the region, and increases opportunities for businesses. access regional value chains.

Single-use plastic ban

South Australia will extend its plastic ban from March 1 to cover polystyrene food and drink containers as well as oxo-degradable plastics, if companies are able to find suitable alternatives.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) also plans to ban straws, fruit and vegetable barrier bags, cotton swab sticks and degradable plastics from the following July 1 consultation.

In New South Wales (NSW), the supply of lightweight plastic bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less, including biodegradable, compostable or bioplastic plastic bags, will be banned from June 1. From November 1, more items will be banned, including single-use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers, cotton swabs, plates and bowls, styrofoam catering items and microbeads.

Western Australia plans to ban certain plastic items by the end of the year, including barrier / product bags, microbeads, styrofoam packaging, styrofoam cups, coffee mugs and lids , cotton swabs with plastic rods, and oxo-degradable plastics (plastics designed to break into fragments more quickly under certain conditions).

Queenslanders are encouraged to have a say in any future bans, with submissions open until January 28.

Property tax changes for Victorian properties

Changes to property tax rates will take effect from January 1 for Victorians, including:

• An increase in the tax exemption threshold for general property tax rates from $ 250,000 to $ 300,000, so that tax will only need to be paid on land valued over $ 300. $ 000. There will be no change for lands held in trust

• Private non-sexist clubs will no longer be eligible for an exemption from property tax.

• Taxpayers with taxable property valued at more than $ 1.8 million will see their property tax rate increase by 0.25 percentage points. For those who own real estate worth more than $ 3 million, it will increase by 0.3 percentage point.

As of July 1, changes will also be made to the way windfall gains related to rezoning decisions are taxed.

If the value of your land increases by $ 500,000 due to a rezoning decision, it will be taxed at 50%, with the tax gradually rising to $ 100,000.

Children eligible for Covid vaccines

Children aged five to 11 will be be able to be vaccinated with Pfizer’s Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine from January 10. Parents can make these appointments now via the Vaccination clinic search.

New mental health tax in Victoria

From January 1, Victorian businesses with a national payroll of more than $ 10 million per year will face a payroll surtax on the Victorian share of wages of 0.5% above a certain threshold. Companies with a payroll over $ 100 million will pay 0.5% more.

Money raised will go towards mental health services and other Royal Commission recommendations.

There will be an exemption for private schools, hospitals, charities, local councils and wages paid for parental and voluntary leave.

Better support disabled veterans

Effective January 1, the Disability Pension for Totally and Permanent Disabled Veterans will be renamed Disability Compensation Payment to reflect the fact that it is not a supportive pension income, but rather a compensation payment.

Payment will also be simplified, including changes to the rent test for disability income so that severely disabled veterans do not receive less rent assistance than those with lower disabilities due to the amount of l compensation they receive.

The Defense Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) will be abolished, but no veteran will be worse off, with some private tenants perhaps receiving more than before.

The changes were previously scheduled to go into effect from September 20, but have been brought forward.