22.214.171.124 Suitable Activity - Principal Carer
Job seekers classified under SSAct section 5 as a principal carer (1.1.P.412) of a child are taken to satisfy their mutual obligation requirements by satisfying the terms of their Job Plan, including participation in suitable activities (1.1.J.25).
Principal carers who are also early school leavers must comply with the early school leaver policy, and the activities included in their Job Plans must reflect their requirements.
Where a principal carer is either 55 years of age or over, or has a partial capacity to work, the category of mutual obligation requirements which gives the job seeker a lesser requirement should be applied.
A principal carer PP (with mutual obligation requirements), NSA, SpB or YA (other) recipient may meet their mutual obligation requirements through connection with an employment services provider and by undertaking job search along with participation in other suitable activities included in their Job Plan.
Principal carers who are fully meeting requirements by participating in 30 hours per fortnight of any combination of paid work, study or, in some circumstances voluntary work, for at least 30 hours per fortnight are not required to undertake job search.
Refer to 126.96.36.199 for more information on job search for principal carers.
Principal carers can choose to fully meet their mutual obligation requirements through suitable paid work of at least 30 hours per fortnight. Refer to 188.8.131.52.
Study for NSA, YA & SpB recipients
Principal carers receiving NSA, YA (job seeker) and SpB who choose to fully meet their mutual obligation requirements through study need to comply with approved part-time education and training requirements. Refer to 184.108.40.206 and 1.1.P.418.
Combination of part-time study & part-time paid work
A principal carer can choose to fully satisfy their mutual obligation requirements by undertaking any combination of part-time paid work and approved part-time study, as long as the total time spent on both activities meets the required 30 hours per fortnight.
Principal carers who are fully meeting their mutual obligation requirements through paid work, study or a combination of paid work and study for a total of at least 30 hours per fortnight cannot be required to simultaneously undertake any job search, accept any offers of suitable paid work, or meet any other additional requirements.
Annual activity requirement
There is a range of suitable activities which principal carer parents in jobactive may choose to undertake to meet their annual activity requirement. Refer to 220.127.116.11 for more information on suitable activities to meet the annual activity requirement.
Principal carer parents fully meeting their requirements through 30 hours per fortnight of paid work or approved study do not have an annual activity requirement.
In some circumstances principal carers can satisfy their mutual obligation requirements by undertaking voluntary work, either by itself or in combination with approved study and/or paid work, for a combined total of at least 30 hours per fortnight. Refer to 18.104.22.168 for more information on principal carers and voluntary work, including examples of appropriate voluntary work.
If a principal carer parent is participating in NEIS for at least 30 hours per fortnight they will be taken to satisfy their mutual obligation requirements.
Act reference: SSAct section 501 PP Employment Pathway Plans, section 544C YA Employment Pathway Plans-principal carers, section 607 Newstart Employment Pathway Plans-principal carers, section 731N SpB Employment Pathway Plans-principal carers
Student Assistance Act 1973 section 5D Minister may determine secondary and tertiary courses etc.
Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.J.25 Job Plan (NSA, YA (job seekers), PP, SpB (NVHs)), 1.1.S.410 Suitable activities (NSA, YA), 22.214.171.124 Other Suitable Activities (PP Recipients & Principal Carers), 1.1.P.412 Principal carer, 126.96.36.199 Job Search - Overview, 1.1.P.418 Principal carer - study, 188.8.131.52 Suitable Activity - Voluntary Work