1.1.P.440 Program of support (DSP)

Definition

The definition of a POS for DSP purposes is contained in SSAct section 94(5). This definition applies when determining whether a person meets the CITW requirements (1.1.C.330) for DSP. Depending on the person's circumstances and which CITW criterion is being assessed, different elements of the definition apply.

Meaning of a POS in determining whether a person can work independently of a POS

For the purpose of determining whether a person meets the CITW requirements of being unable to work independently of a POS and/or being unable to be retrained for work (1.1.I.95) as stipulated in SSAct section 94(2)(a) and (b), POS means a program that:

  • is designed to help people to prepare for, find or maintained work, and either
  • is funded wholly or partly by the Commonwealth, or
  • is similar to a program that is funded wholly or partly by the Commonwealth.

For this particular purpose, the above definition applies to all DSP claims and reviews.

Meaning of a POS in determining whether a person has actively participated in a POS

The following requirements apply to programs that are being assessed for the purpose of determining whether a person meets the CITW requirement of having actively participated in a POS (1.1.A.30) as required by SSAct section 94(2)(aa).

For programs that started before 5 January 2015, POS means a program that:

  • is designed to help people to prepare for, find or maintained work, and either
  • is funded wholly or partly by the Commonwealth, or
  • is similar to a program that is funded wholly or partly by the Commonwealth.

For programs that started on or after 5 January 2015, POS means a program that:

  • is designed to help people to prepare for, find or maintained work, and
  • is funded wholly or partly by the Commonwealth.

Explanation: No program started on or after 5 January 2015 can be considered as a POS for the purpose of determining whether a person has actively participated in a POS, unless the program is wholly or partly funded by the Commonwealth.

Example: jobactive (former JSA), DES, ParentsNext and the CDP (former RJCP) are considered to be programs of support for DSP purposes.

Act reference: SSAct section 94(2) A person has a continuing inability to work…, section 94(5) program of support means…

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.6.2.112 DSP Assessment of Continuing Inability to Work - 15 Hour Rule, 6.2.5.03 DSP - Application of DSP Qualification Rules at Review

Last reviewed: 20 March 2019