Following the recommendations by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics (Committee) (see Global Watch dated August 17, 2012), the Australian Government on August 21, 2012 introduced a much revised Bill to reform the Living-Away-From-Home (LAFH) rules. The Bill has now passed in the House of Representatives but is not yet law. In order for it to become law, it must be passed by the Senate and receive Royal Assent from the Governor General. The Senate does not sit again until September 10, 2012.
Given the Bill is not being challenged by the opposition party, it is expected that it will be passed into law in its current form and will be effective from October 1, 2012. Employers should now finalise their response to the proposed changes.