# 3.1.7.30 Calculating an SWPP

## Summary

The calculation of an SWPP varies depending on the claimant's circumstances. This topic explains the calculation.

## SWPP - whole weeks

An SWPP is always rounded down to the next whole number of weeks. If the result is zero or negative, the SWPP is not applied.

## Single person

The following table shows the steps in calculating an SWPP for a single claimant.

Step Action
1 Calculate the AWOTE weeks (1.1.A.375).
2 Calculate the seasonal/intermittent work weeks (1.1.W.15).
3 Calculate the intervening weeks.
4 Add the weeks from steps 2 and 3 to get the self-supported weeks.
5 Subtract the self-supported weeks from step 4 from the AWOTE weeks at step 1.

## Members of a couple - partner NOT a seasonal worker

The following table shows the steps in calculating an SWPP for a person who is a member of a couple.

Step Action
1 Calculate the partner's earnings from work during the claimant's relevant periods of seasonal work.

Note: Gross earnings are used.

2 Add the partner's earnings to the claimant's seasonal/intermittent work earnings to give the couple's combined earnings.
3 Calculate the AWOTE weeks for the couple.
4 Calculate the claimant's seasonal/intermittent work weeks.
5 Calculate the claimant's intervening weeks.
6 Add the weeks from steps 4 and 5 to get the self-supported weeks.
7 Subtract the self-supported weeks from step 6 from the AWOTE weeks at step 3.

## Members of a couple - only the partner is a seasonal worker

Step Action
1 Calculate the partner's earnings from seasonal work.
2 Add the claimant's earnings to the partner's seasonal/intermittent work earnings to give the couple's combined earnings.
3 Calculate the AWOTE weeks for the couple.
4 Calculate the partner's seasonal/intermittent work weeks.
5 Calculate the partner's intervening weeks.
6 Add the weeks from steps 4 and 5 to get the self-supported weeks.
7 Subtract the self-supported weeks from step 6 from the AWOTE weeks at step 3.

## Members of a couple - BOTH seasonal workers

If both members of the couple are seasonal/intermittent workers, and will be subject to an SWPP, the SWPP must be calculated for BOTH the claimant and their partner independently. The higher of the 2 results, if positive, is applied to both individuals.

The following table explains this calculation using labels A and B to indicate the members of the couple.

For the … the AWOTE weeks equal …
calculation for claimant A
• claimant A's seasonal/intermittent work earnings
• PLUS the earnings of their partner during the period of A's seasonal/intermittent work
• DIVIDED BY twice the relevant AWOTE.
calculation for claimant B
• claimant B's seasonal/intermittent work earnings
• PLUS the earnings of their partner during the period of B's seasonal/intermittent work
• DIVIDED BY twice the relevant AWOTE.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.7.10 Who is affected by an SWPP

Last reviewed: 22 March 2021