1.1.U.40 Unemployment due to misconduct (NSA, YA)


For the purposes of NSA and YA, unemployment due to misconduct refers to a situation in which a person contributes to their own unemployment through their own action or inaction at work. A job seeker who has been dismissed for misconduct can incur an 8-week non-payment period from the date of unemployment.

A person is regarded as becoming unemployed through misconduct if they have been dismissed or given the option of resigning, as a result of an action such as:

  • deliberate failure to produce/deliver a reasonable amount of work,
  • unauthorised absences from duty without good reason,
  • improper behaviour or practices, such as theft, assault or harassment of other employees or recipients,
  • actions that cause serious risk to the health or safety of other employees or recipients, OR
  • actions that threaten the reputation, viability or profitability of the business.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 42S Unemployment resulting from a voluntary act or misconduct

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.13 Compliance Framework for Participation Payments

Last reviewed: 21 September 2015