220.127.116.11 When a Person Satisfies the Work Test for PLP
To meet the work test for PLP, a claimant must have performed, whether in Australia or not, 330 hours of qualifying work over a period spanning at least 295 days (around 10 months) within the 392 day period (around 13 months) prior to the expected or actual DOB or placement of the child for adoption.
Note: For children born or entrusted to care as part of an adoption process on or after 1 March 2014, a person can count the days in their previous period of PPL and/or DAPP (for a previous child) as qualifying work for a new claim.
When a person satisfies the work test for PLP
|1||Work out the person's work test period (1.1.W.40) under section 33.|
|2||Work out the days in the work test period on which the person has and has not performed qualifying work (1.1.Q.20).|
|3||Work out whether any days on which the person has not performed qualifying work during the work test period fall within a permissible break (1.1.P.130).|
Work out whether there is a period (a qualifying period (1.1.Q.10) of 295 consecutive days in the work test period that are days:
(a) on which the person has performed qualifying work, or
(b) that fall within a permissible break.
|5||If the person has performed at least 330 hours of qualifying work in a qualifying period, the person satisfies the work test.|
A birth mother may also satisfy the work test if Centrelink is satisfied they would have met the work test but for the fact that the child was born prematurely and/or they had pregnancy-related illness or complications that prevented them from performing paid work (18.104.22.168).
A claimant for PLP may also satisfy the work test for PLP if Centrelink has determined the claimant is eligible for DAPP for the child.
Act reference: PPLAct section 31 When a person is eligible for PLP, section 32 When a person satisfies the work test, Part 2-3 Division 3 The work test, section 36B Claimant for PLP who is already eligible for DAPP, section 34 When a person performs qualifying work, section 35A Hours of qualifying work on a day in a PPL or DAPP period
Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.2.1 PLP eligibility overview