2.3.2.50 Permissible Break for DAPP

Permissible break

A break between consecutive working days in the work test period will be a permissible break (1.1.P.130) where it was between 2 days on which a person performed qualifying work (1.1.Q.20), and the break was no more than 56 consecutive days (8 weeks) in length.

For children born or entrusted to care as part of an adoption process before 1 March 2014, a previous period of PLP and/or DAPP (for a previous child) cannot be counted as qualifying work for a new claim.

There are 2 situations when a break can be considered a permissible break. The first is where the break occurred between 2 work days in the work test period (i.e. in the 392 days before the expected or actual DOB, or the day the person becomes the child's primary carer) and the break is not more than 56 days.

The second situation is where there was a break between 2 consecutive working days and the break started before, and ended after, the start of the work test period. In this situation, providing the period between the 2 work days was no longer than 56 days, the period from the beginning of the work test period until the first working day in the work test period can be considered to be a permissible break, and this period can be considered towards the qualifying period of 295 consecutive days.

Example 1: Michael's partner gives birth to a child on 13 January 2013 and Michael nominates the DOB as his DAPP period start date. Michael's 392 day work test period commences on 17 December 2011. Michael did not work on this day, but he worked on 1 December 2011 and then worked on 31 December 2011 and thereafter for a continuous period up to 13 October 2012. To satisfy the work test, Michael needs to establish a qualifying period of 295 consecutive days between the start of the work test period on 17 December 2011 and when he ceased work on 13 October 2012. As Michael had performed qualifying work on 1 December 2011 and on 31 December 2011 and as the period between these dates was less than 56 days in length, Michael can be considered to have been on a permissible break between the start of the work test period on 17 December 2011, and the day he performed qualifying work on 31 December 2009. As a permissible break can count towards the work test, Michael is considered to have worked 301 days between 17 December 2011 and 13 October 2012. Therefore, providing the requirement for 330 hours of qualifying work is met, and there are no gaps of more than 56 days between any consecutive working days, Michael would meet the work test, as the period of qualifying work performed during the work test period is at least 295 consecutive days.

In the example above, Michael's hours worked on 1 December 2011 do not count towards the requirement for 330 hours or the 295 consecutive days as this day is only to establish that a period within the work test period was a permissible break and provide some flexibility in circumstances where the claimant does not work on the start day of the 13 month work test period.

Example 2: Henry's partner is expecting to give birth to her first child on 12 December 2013 and Henry nominates the expected DOB as his DAPP period start date. Henry's 392 day work test period starts on 15 November 2012. Henry finishes his job on 2 December 2011, and does not start work in another job until 6 February 2012, a break of more than 56 days. Henry then works every week from 6 February until 30 November 2012, a period of 300 consecutive days. The break between working days that occurred early in the work test period is not a permissible break as it was a break of more than 56 days.

In example 2 above the break does not affect Henry's eligibility for DAPP because there was still a qualifying period of at least 295 consecutive days in the work test period where Henry performed qualifying work or had a permissible break, i.e. weekends off work.

Act reference: PPLAct Part 3A-3 Division 3 Applying the work test to claimants for DAPP, section 36 When there is a permissible break

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.3.1 DAPP Eligibility Overview, 1.1.P.130 Permissible break, 1.1.Q.20 Qualifying work

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017