3.1.7.50 Sample Calculations - SWPP

Summary

This topic provides examples of the calculation of the SWPP.

Example 1: SWPP for a single recipient

Jason works from 4 January to 13 March 2013 on a fishing trawler, earning $20,873.00. He claims NSA on 15 March 2013. Jason will serve an SWPP of 5 weeks commencing on 15 March 2013. The SWPP is calculated as follows, using the relevant AWOTE of $1,352.70:

Step Action
1 AWOTE weeks: $20,873.00 divided by $1,352.70 = 15.43 weeks.
2 Seasonal work weeks: 4/01/2013 to 13/03/2013 = 69 days divided by 7 = 9.86 weeks.
3 Intervening weeks: 14/03/2013 to 15/03/2013 = 1 day divided by 7 = 0.14 weeks.
4 Self supported weeks: 9.86 + 0.14 = 10 weeks.
5 SWPP: 15.43 AWOTE weeks minus 10 self-supported weeks = 5.43 weeks.

Act reference: SSAct section 16A(5) Seasonal work preclusion periods

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.A.375 AWOTE, relevant AWOTE, AWOTE weeks, 1.1.W.15 Weeks: Seasonal work, intervening & self-supported

Example 2: SWPP for a member of a couple

Peter is an abalone diver. He gets work, which runs from 11 February 2013 to 14 April 2013. At the completion of the work, Peter is paid $33,683.00. His wife, Lisa, was not working during this time. Both Peter and Lisa claim NSA on 22 April 2013. The relevant AWOTE for claims lodged in 2013 is $1,352.70.

The SWPP for Peter is worked out as follows:

Step Action
1 Lisa's earnings from work during the recipient's relevant periods of seasonal work were zero.
2 Couple's combined earnings:

$33,683.00 plus $0.00 = $33,683.00.

3 AWOTE weeks for the couple: $33,683.00 divided by (2 Ă— $1,352.70) = 12.45 AWOTE weeks.
4 Recipient's seasonal work weeks: 11/2/2013 to 14/4/2013 = 63 days divided by 7 = 9 weeks.
5 Recipient's intervening weeks: 14/4/2013 to 22/4/2013 = 7 days divided by 7 = 1 week.
6 Self supported weeks: 9 (seasonal work weeks) plus 1 (intervening week) = 10 weeks.
7 SWPP: 12.45 AWOTE weeks minus 10 self supported weeks = 2.45 weeks.

As Lisa was not a seasonal worker, but Peter is, her SWPP is calculated using another method statement.

Last reviewed: 1 July 2014