2.8.4.50 ACCS (transition to work) - Applications

Summary

This topic describes the requirement to apply for ACCS (transition to work). This topic covers:

  • applying for ACCS (transition to work),
  • information required when applying for ACCS (transition to work),
  • requirement for additional information where the application is incomplete,
  • date of effect of applications for ACCS (transition to work),
  • change of start date.

Applying for ACCS (transition to work)

To receive ACCS (transition to work) an individual (1.1.I.90) must apply to Centrelink via the following methods:

  • the Customer Access Point,
  • over the counter,
  • telephone.

An individual can apply for ACCS (transition to work) when in receipt of CCS or at the same time as claiming CCS. If claiming CCS and applying for ACCS as a combined claim (1.1.C.27), the individual must be determined to be eligible for CCS before being assessed for ACCS (transition to work).

If an individual has more than 1 child in their care, the ACCS (transition to work) subsidy will apply to all of their CCS eligible children.

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.8.4.10 ACCS (transition to work) - Eligibility, 2.8.4.20 ACCS (transition to work) - Income Support Payment & Income Requirements, 2.8.4.40 ACCS (transition to work) - Activity Requirements, 4.6.1 General Provision for Making a Claim for CCS by Fee Reduction

Information required when applying for ACCS (transition to work)

In addition to information required to claim CCS (such as personal details, income (1.1.I.20) estimate and activity test details), an individual needs to provide the following information when applying for ACCS (transition to work):

  • the recognised activity which is to be assessed for ACCS (transition to work),
  • period of which ACCS (transition to work) is being sought,
  • evidence/other documentation to meet the evidentiary requirements for ACCS (transition to work) to support the application.

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.8.4.60 ACCS (transition to work) - Evidentiary Requirements

Requirement for additional information where the application is incomplete

If additional information (such as additional evidence) is required to assess whether the individual is eligible for ACCS (transition to work) the individual will have 28 days in which to provide the information.

If the requested documentation is not provided within 28 days, the application will be taken to have not been made and the individual will be required to submit a new application.

Once the application has been assessed, an individual will receive a notification of the outcome (through their nominated form of communication).

Date of effect of application for ACCS (transition to work)

The earliest start date for a period of ACCS (transition to work) is from the date of application. However, the start date must be the first Monday of a CCS fortnight (1.1.C.10), and the period of ACCS (transition to work) must be whole weeks. ACCS (transition to work) cannot be backdated beyond the date of application.

An individual has 28 days from the date of application to enter into a Job Plan (1.1.J.20) and for the Job Plan to become active. ACCS (transition to work) cannot be paid until all eligibility requirements are met, which includes having a Job Plan in effect. Where a Job Plan is entered into after the date of application, the start date for ACCS (transition to work) will be the first Monday of the next CCS fortnight after the Job Plan has been entered into and all other ACCS (transition to work) eligibility requirements are met.

Activities that commence during a week are taken to have commenced from the start of that week.

Example: If a term starts on a Monday, but the individual attends classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they will be taken to have commenced the activity on the Monday of the week their first Tuesday class occurs. Similarly, if an individual starts a new job and their first shift is on a Wednesday, they will be taken to have started their job from the Monday of that week.

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.8.4.30 ACCS (transition to work) - Job Plan Requirements

Change of start date

If an individual needs to change their ACCS (transition to work) start date it may be amended to the first Monday of a future CCS fortnight. This can only be allowed due to a change of circumstances and only if no sessions of care (1.1.S.40) have occurred and no payments have been made.

If no sessions of care occur, and no payments are made for 6 consecutive fortnights from the start date, the individual is no longer eligible for ACCS (transition to work). If the individual wants to receive ACCS (transition to work) in the future a new application for ACCS (transition to work) will be required.

Policy reference: FA Guide 5.2.1.50 ACCS - Change of Circumstances

Last reviewed: 2 July 2018