3.11.4 Annual activity requirement

Annual activity requirement

The annual activity requirement forms part of a job seeker's overall mutual obligation requirements. It refers to a requirement for job seekers in the employment service jobactive to undertake additional activities for 6 months of each year after their first 12 months in jobactive. These activities are in addition to any other requirements that form part of a person's overall mutual obligation requirements such as job search and attending provider appointments. Activities that may count towards a job seeker's annual activity requirement include:

  • Work for the Dole (3.11.3.110)
  • paid work (3.11.3.20)
  • voluntary work (3.11.3.30)
  • National Work Experience Program (3.11.3.90)
  • accredited language, literacy and numeracy courses
  • study/accredited education and training (3.11.3.10)
  • Australian Defence Force Reserves (3.11.3.40)
  • drug or alcohol treatment (3.11.3.60)
  • other non-vocational interventions (for those in jobactive Stream C) (3.11.3.60)
  • other government programs (3.11.3.50), or
  • a combination of the activities listed above.

Participants in jobactive aged 18-49 years with full-time mutual obligation requirements will have WFD as the default activity to meet their annual activity requirement, unless they have arranged to meet their requirement through another suitable activity, are receiving less than the full rate of payment, or are already undertaking other suitable activities at the time they enter the annual activity requirement phase.

Participants in jobactive aged 50-59 years with full-time mutual obligation requirements may choose to undertake WFD or other suitable activities to meet their annual activity requirement.

Participants in jobactive (of any age) who are principal carer parents or have a partial capacity to work of 15-29 hours per week (have part-time mutual obligation requirements) may choose to undertake WFD or other suitable activities to meet their annual activity requirement.

Generally, the relevant activity/ies chosen to meet a job seeker's annual activity requirement should be included as compulsory item/s in the job seeker's Job Plan.

Note: Any job seeker who is not fully meeting their mutual obligation requirements through sufficient participation in suitable activities can be required to participate in an activity designed to help improve their employment prospects at any time - as long as the activity, and level of participation in it, is reasonable for the individual.

Hours of participation

The number of hours and timeframe over which various jobactive participants must undertake suitable activities to meet their annual activity requirement are described below.

Job seekers with full-time mutual obligation requirements:

  • aged up to 49 - generally 650 hours over 26 weeks (50 hours per fortnight)
  • aged 50 to 59 - generally 390 hours over 26 weeks (30 hours per fortnight)
  • aged 60 to age pension age - 130 hours over 26 weeks (10 hours per fortnight).

Principal carer parents and those with an assessed partial capacity to work job seekers - unless fully meeting their mutual obligation requirements (refer 3.11.6 for eligibility):

  • aged under 30 - generally 390 hours over 26 weeks (30 hours per fortnight)
  • aged 30 to 59 - generally 200 hours over 26 weeks (15-16 hours per fortnight)
  • aged 60 and over - no annual activity requirement.

Job seekers undertaking Defence Reserves will be required to participate for 240 hours over 26 weeks (18 to 19 hours per fortnight).

Job seekers who are studying full-time will have this meet their annual activity requirement, regardless of the actual hours of participation (see 3.11.3.10 for details).

Who does not have to undertake an annual activity requirement?

The following job seekers do not have an annual activity requirement:

  • job seekers who are fully meeting their requirements (refer to 3.11.6 - only principal carer parents, those with an assessed partial capacity to work, and job seekers aged 55 and over are able to fully meet their requirements)
  • job seekers with a partial capacity to work or temporary reduced work capacity of between 0-14 hours per week
  • job seekers participating in jobactive aged 60 years and over who are principal carer parents and/or have an assessed partial capacity to work
  • job seekers in employment services other than jobactive (i.e. DES, CDP, ParentsNext).

Note: Any job seeker (regardless of whether they are subject to an annual activity requirement or not) who is not fully meeting their mutual obligation requirements through sufficient participation in suitable activities can be required to participate in an activity designed to help improve their employment prospects at any time - as long as the activity and level of participation in it is reasonable for the individual.

Act reference: SSAct 541 Activity test (YA), 502A People 55 and over who are engaged in work (PP), 502B Persons engaged in suitable paid work for at least 30 hours per fortnight (PP), 603AA Relief from activity test-people 55 and over who are engaged in work (JSP), 603AB Relief from activity test-certain principal carer parents and people with partial capacity to work (JSP), 731G Relief from activity test-people 55 and over who are engaged in work (SpB), 731GA Relief from activity test-certain principal carer parents and people with partial capacity to work (SpB), 606 Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plans-terms, 501A PP Employment Pathway Plan-terms, 544B YA Employment Pathway Plans-terms, 731M SpB Employment Pathway Plans-terms

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020