3.11.5.40 Pre & post natal exemptions

Pre & post natal exemptions

Pregnant women are exempt from mutual obligation requirements (1.1.M.160) from 6 weeks before the date they are expected to give birth until 6 weeks following the birth of the child. These exemptions apply even if the baby is stillborn or placed for adoption.

In addition, from 3 months before the date they are expected to give birth, pregnant women are not required to undertake job search, although they must continue to satisfy requirements by undertaking another suitable activity.

If at any other time during pregnancy a woman is unable to meet her requirements because of pregnancy-related medical problems, she should apply for an incapacity exemption.

Act reference: SSAct section 502G Pre-natal and post-natal relief (PP), section 542D Pre-natal and post-natal exemptions (YA), section 603AAA Pre-natal and post-natal relief from activity test (JSP)

ParentsNext participants

ParentsNext (3.11.11) compulsory participants who are expecting a child are not required to participate from 6 weeks before the expected date of birth of a child until their child is 9 months old. Participants can organise this with Services Australia or their ParentsNext provider.

During the first 7 months of pregnancy, a pregnant ParentsNext participant must continue to meet their participation requirements. However, ParentsNext providers must take into consideration the fact that a participant is pregnant when determining the most appropriate activities for their participation plan.

If at any time during the first 7 months of pregnancy a ParentsNext participant is unable to meet their participation requirements because of pregnancy-related medical problems, they may apply for an exemption from Services Australia or their ParentsNext provider. More information about exemptions for ParentsNext participants is at 3.11.5.50.

Last reviewed: 1 July 2021