126.96.36.199 When a Person Satisfies the Work Test for DAPP
To meet the work test for DAPP, 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 nominated DAPP period start date.
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 PLP and/or DAPP (for a previous child) as qualifying work for a new claim.
When a person satisfies the work test for DAPP
|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 DAPP claimant 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, which prevented them from performing paid work (188.8.131.52). If a person is expecting a child on or after 1 March 2014, and the child is born prematurely before 1 March 2014, the claim will be assessed on the pre-1 March 2014 work test rules, i.e. they cannot count the days in their previous period of PLP and/or DAPP (for a previous child) as qualifying work for a new claim.
A claimant for DAPP may also satisfy the work test for DAPP if Centrelink has determined the claimant is eligible for PLP for the child.
Act reference: PPLAct section 115CB When a DAPP claimant is eligible for DAPP, Part 2-3 Division 3 The work test, section 34 When a person performs qualifying work, section 35A Hours of qualifying work on a day in a PPL or DAPP period