1.1.S.403 Sufficient work test

Definition

The sufficient work test is a guideline to assist delegates in deciding whether work that is being undertaken, or that is proposed to be undertaken:

  • satisfies, or can count toward satisfying, mutual obligation requirements, and
  • is able to be disregarded under SSAct section 595, so that the person may still be regarded as unemployed.

The test involves establishing whether the combination of hours worked and remuneration paid is appropriate for the circumstances of the individual case.

The remuneration test compares the amount earned against whichever of the following is applicable:

  • for people in occupations covered by an award which provides a rate of pay which is LOWER than the National Minimum Wage, the applicable hourly award rate, OR
  • where junior or trainee rates apply, and these are lower than the National Minimum Wage, the applicable hourly rate, OR
  • in other cases, the hourly rate of the National Minimum Wage as set by the Fair Work Commission.

Note: For Ministers of Religion who are either a principal carer parent or a person with a partial work capacity due to a disability, the amount of remuneration received does not have to be at the National Minimum Wage (3.2.2.10).

Act reference: SSAct section 595 Persons may be treated as unemployed

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.2.10 Sufficient Work

Last reviewed: 12 August 2019