1.1.U.55 Unsuitable work (NSA, YA)


For the purposes of NSA and YA, work may be unsuitable for a job seeker if it:

  • involves skills, experience or qualifications that the person does not have, and appropriate training will not be provided by the employer,
  • may aggravate a pre-existing illness, disability (1.1.D.160) or injury and medical evidence has been provided,
  • involves health or safety risks and would contravene an occupational health and safety law,
  • the terms and conditions for the work are less generous than the applicable statutory conditions,
  • involves commuting from home to work that would be unreasonably difficult,
  • involves working more hours than a person's assessed capacity within the next 2 years with intervention,
  • involves enlistment in the Defence force or the Reserve forces,
  • the job seeker is a principal carer of a child or children under SSAct section 5(1) and appropriate care and supervision of the child/ren is not available during the hours the person would be required to work,
  • is the subject of industrial disputation, or
  • the work requires the person to change their residence, or
  • in the Secretary's opinion, is unsuitable for any other reason.
    • Example: On the basis of moral, cultural or religious grounds.

Act reference: SSAct section 601(2A) Unsuitable paid work (NSA), section 541D(1) Unsuitable paid work (YA)

Policy reference: SS Guide Unsuitable Work

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017