3.2.11.20 Mutual obligation requirements for NSA/YA job seekers - exemptions - pregnancy

Terms of exemption

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 542D Pre-natal and post-natal exemptions, section 603AAA Pre-natal and post-natal relief from activity test

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.8.20 Who Do Mutual Obligation Requirements Apply to?

Last reviewed: 12 August 2019