Social Security and Family Assistance Law

Social Security and Family Assistance Law

3rd edition

By Peter Sutherland and Allan Anforth


This 3rd edition comprehensively annotates the social security and family assistance law of Australia, as amended to 5 March 2013. It is the 12th volume in a book series which has annotated the Social Security Act and associated legislation since first publication in 1984.

The 3rd edition annotates the Social Security Law and the Family Assistance Law which comprises:

  • Social Security Act 1991
  • Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
  • Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999 (and Regulations)
  • A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
  • A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999

Social security practitioners will find that the 3rd edition maintains the reputation of its predecessors as an indispensable reference for all those engaged in social security and family assistance decision-making, whether as a lawyer, a Tribunal member, a Department or Centrelink officer, or a community advocate.

Special features of this new book include:

  • Comprehensive annotations, on a section-by-section basis, covering decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Federal Court and the High Court to 1 January 2013;
  • The book follows the current structure of the social security and family assistance legislation (implemented in 2000) but also includes consideration of decisions under repealed provisions of the Social Security Act 1991 and the repealed Social Security Act 1947 which have continuing relevance;
  • Detailed discussion of areas of social security law which are the subject of ongoing review activity, increasing complexity and/or continuing debate and difficulty: assets and income testing; debt recovery and waiver; compensation recovery; notices; participation requirements; shared care of children; and marital status.
  • Inclusion of a subject matter index, table of cases, table of statutes and amendment histories for each of the five Acts annotated in the book.

Published 6 June 2013
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862879003
Australian RRP $135.00
International Price $125.00