1.1.V.70 Voluntary work
Voluntary work is work that a recipient undertakes for an approved organisation:
- willingly, AND
- without payment other than for out-of-pocket expenses.
Different eligibility rules apply for recipients wishing to undertake voluntary work to satisfy or partially satisfy the activity test, depending on their age, their assessed work capacity, whether they are a principal carer of a child, and duration receiving income support.
Unpaid work performed under a CSO is NOT considered to be voluntary work.
Act reference: SSAct section 603AA(1) Relief from activity test-people 55 and over who are engaged in work (JSP), section 731G Relief from activity test-people 55 and over who are engaged in work (SpB)
Policy reference: SS Guide 126.96.36.199 Voluntary work
See 188.8.131.52 for voluntary work arrangements for the purposes of MOB.