18.104.22.168 Exemption for job seeker with partial capacity to work whose carer is unavailable
People assessed as having a partial capacity to work who are not able to participate because their carer is temporarily or permanently unable to care for them due to unforeseen circumstances may be granted a temporary exemption from mutual obligation requirements under the major personal crisis exemption (22.214.171.124).
To qualify for the exemption, the carer must be a commercial carer or a relative or friend receiving CA or providing a level of care which would qualify them for CA.
The exemption is normally limited to the time required for alternative care arrangements to be put in place or until their carer recovers from their temporary incapacity. However, if the carer has not recovered from their temporary incapacity or the job seeker has not been able to find alternative care arrangements within the exemption period then, this period may be extended.
The maximum exemption period at any one time is 13 weeks.
Act reference: SSAct section 502F Special circumstances, section 542H Special circumstances exemption, section 603AB Relief from activity test-certain principal carers and people with partial capacity to work