188.8.131.52 Ordinary waiting period
An OWP is a period of one week that recipients are required to serve unless exempted. An OWP is to be served after certain other relevant waiting periods or preclusion periods have ended.
Payments the OWP applies to
The OWP applies to the following payments:
- jobseeker payment
- YA (applies to YA jobseekers only), AND
- parenting payment.
Act reference: SSAct section 500WA Ordinary waiting period (PP), section 549CA Ordinary waiting period (YA), section 620 Ordinary waiting period (JSP)
Duration of OWP
The duration of the OWP is explained in the following table:
|If the recipient is …||then the OWP lasts one week and starts on …|
|NOT subject to a LAWP||the recipient's start day.|
|subject to a LAWP||the day after the LAWP ends.|
|subject to an IMP||when the person's rate of payment becomes payable at a rate greater than nil (unless 1 or more other waiting periods still apply).|
For JSP incapacitated the start date may be earlier than the date of claim.
Policy reference: SS Guide 184.108.40.206 Backdated start days - general provisions
Instances when recipients do not serve an OWP
A person may be exempted from the OWP as explained in 220.127.116.11.
Policy reference: SS Guide 18.104.22.168 Exemptions from waiting periods