3.2.5.90 Education or Employment Disadvantage (YA & DSP)

Special safety net

Special safety net criteria exist for people who are disadvantaged. To qualify as independent under this category, the person must meet all the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years old, AND
  • have had full-time employment of at least 30 hours per week for a period of at least 12 months, or for periods that total at least 12 months, AND
  • not be living at the home of either or both of their parents, AND
  • in the Secretary's opinion, be specially disadvantaged (1.1.S.270) with respect to education or employment, AND
  • not be receiving financial support, whether directly or indirectly, from their parent/s or from another person who is acting as their guardian on a long term basis.

Examples: The following examples illustrate where independence will be established under the 'education or employment disadvantaged' category.

Example 1: Jason, 20, has worked as a full-time delivery driver for the past 6 months. Previously, he worked 3 months as a full-time sales assistant and 3 months as a garbage collector. He left school in 2005, and does not live at home. He is an unskilled labourer and has not completed the HSC. He receives no financial assistance from either parent. Jason qualifies as independent under the special safety net criteria.

Example 2: Jenny, 18, left school before completing year 12, and left home a year ago. She started a full-time hairdressing apprenticeship, but became unemployed after 12 months. Jenny qualifies as independent under the special safety net criteria.

Act reference: SSAct section 1067A(11) People who are disadvantaged

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017