3.11.5.50 Exemption arrangements in ParentsNext (for compulsory participants)

For compulsory ParentsNext participants

The participation exemptions described in 3.11.5.10 to 3.11.5.40 are available to compulsory participants in ParentsNext who are experiencing circumstances that make it unreasonable for them to meet their participation requirements. Participants with an exemption are not required to meet their requirements during the exemption period.

While exemptions for JSP and YA (other) recipients can only be granted by Services Australia, exemptions for PP recipients in ParentsNext can be granted by Services Australia or ParentsNext providers, although the type of exemptions each can grant are not all the same.

Services Australia is able to grant exemptions for the following reasons:

  • major personal crisis (which for ParentsNext also includes incapacity due to serious illness, pregnancy-related issues, or other temporary medical incapacity under the same criteria as that exemption type for participants in other employment services (3.11.5.10)
  • major personal disruption to a participant's home
  • domestic violence, and
  • temporary confinement due to pregnancy/birth of a child (this exemption is granted 6 weeks prior to and 6 months after the expected due date of a child's birth).

ParentsNext providers are able to grant exemptions for the following reasons:

  • major personal crisis
  • major personal disruption to a participant's home
  • personal circumstances including, bereavement, community service order, domestic violence or relationship breakdown, declared natural disaster, jury duty and approved overseas absence
  • temporary confinement due to pregnancy/birth of a child
  • temporary medical incapacity
  • temporary incapacity due to serious illness
  • caring responsibilities
    • if the participant is an active and registered foster carer
    • if the participant is providing home schooling for 1 or more of the children or secondary pupil children for whom they are the principal carer parent or main supporter
    • if the participant is providing or suitably assisting and supervising distance education for 1 or more of the children for whom they are the principal carer parent, or secondary pupil children for whom they are the main supporter
    • if the participant is caring for a large family (i.e. is the principal carer parent or main supporter parent of 4 or more children aged 18 or under)
    • if the participant is a relative but not a parent of a child and the child is living with the PP recipient in accordance with a family law order
    • if the participant is a relative but not a parent of a child and the child is living with the PP recipient in accordance with a document prepared or accepted by a state or territory authority that has responsibility for the wellbeing of children, or
    • other special family circumstances.

Exemptions do not apply to circumstances wholly or predominately attributable to a participant's misuse of alcohol or drugs.

Parents with an exemption are not required to sign a participation plan, attend appointments with a ParentsNext provider or undertake compulsory activities, but may elect to receive services from their provider on a voluntary basis.

Note: Some exemptions MUST be applied, while others MAY be applied, if the compulsory participant meets the conditions for the particular exemption.

Act reference: SSAct Part 2.10 Division 3A Participation exemptions, section 501A PP Employment Pathway Plan-terms

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020