Suitable Activity - National Work Experience Programme


Commencing on 1 October 2015, the NWEP aims to create more opportunities for job seekers to enhance their vocational skills and to experience a work-like environment.

Activity placements under NWEP are voluntary short-term placements with a host organisation and should have a likelihood of an outcome of sustainable paid employment. NWEP is not employment or training, an apprenticeship or other similar scheme.

Job seekers may undertake an NWEP placement at any time during their participation in employment services, provided they meet the qualifying criteria. Furthermore, participation in NWEP will count towards meeting a job seeker's annual activity requirement when in the WFD Phase.

NWEP placements are allowable in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. All NWEP placements should be additional to the existing work requirements of the host organisation and must not reduce or replace any existing paid workers, including casual or part-time workers. In addition, NWEP placements must not reduce existing paid workers hours of work including casual or part-time workers.

Length of placements

NWEP placements are limited to a maximum of 4 weeks.

Hours of participation

NWEP placements can be for up to a maximum of 25 hours per week. The actual number of hours the job seeker will participate in a placement on any given day is based on the job seeker's capacity at the time of the NWEP placement, including their annual activity requirement and the host organisation's requirements.

Payment of APWS

Eligible job seekers participating in the NWEP will be paid an APWS of $20.80 per fortnight to assist with the additional costs of participating. The supplement is taxable, but is exempt from the income test.

The supplement is not paid on a pro-rata basis. The full payment is made for the fortnights in which the activity begins and ends, regardless of the actual number of participation hours completed in those fortnights. If a job seeker leaves a placement without good reason, the supplement will cease to be paid from the first payday after the job seeker ends participation on the activity.

Last reviewed: 21 September 2015