1.1.J.25 Job Plan (NSA, YA (job seekers), PP, SpB (NVHs))
For the purposes of the SSAct, a Job Plan is an EPP.
The Job Plan outlines a job seeker's mutual obligation requirements. A Job Plan can be in any form approved by the Secretary, but whatever form it takes it must be made clear in the document that it is a Job Plan (EPP) under the SSAct and it must be signed or accepted online by the individual entering into the Job Plan.
All job seekers without an exemption from their mutual obligation requirements (3.2.11) will need to have a Job Plan created when they claim payment. A person is not qualified for payment if they are not prepared to enter into and comply with the compulsory terms of a Job Plan. The Job Plan lasts for the person's time on payment or until it is replaced with a new or amended plan. Whenever a job seeker's circumstances change, they need to participate in a new activity or their mutual obligation requirements change, their Job Plan should be reviewed and updated as required.
Any person with the appropriate delegation can determine the terms for inclusion in a job seeker's Job Plan (188.8.131.52). Currently officers in DHS and employment services providers hold this delegation.
When is a Job Plan not required?
Job Plans are not required when a person has an exemption (3.2.11).
If a person has a limited capacity to meet their mutual obligation requirements but is not eligible for an exemption, then a Job Plan must be prepared taking into account their individual circumstances, such as assessed work capacity, capacity to comply with their mutual obligation requirements, family and caring responsibilities, and their health.