22.214.171.124 Suitable activity - early school leavers (YA)
An early school leaver (1.1.E.05) will generally satisfy their YA mutual obligation requirements by complying with a Job Plan that requires them to undertake, for at least the required number of hours per week:
- full-time education or training, or
- a combination of part-time education or training and part-time work for a total of 25 hours per week, or
- other approved activities for 25 hours per week (or 15 hours for principal carer parent and partial capacity to work job recipients) in addition to up to 20 compulsory job searches each month.
Examples of suitable activities for inclusion in the Job Plan of an early school leaver are listed below. These will generally be approved by the early school leaver's employment services provider.
Job search requirements must not be included in the Job Plan of early school leavers who are in full-time education or training, or who are undertaking a combination of part-time education or training and part-time work for the required number of hours per week. Job search should, however, be included as a compulsory term in the Job Plan of early school leavers who are not undertaking approved education or training.
Examples: of activities that may be approved as terms of a Job Plan include, but are not limited to:
- education and/or training
- job search
- approved voluntary work
- approved English as a second language courses through Adult Migrant English Program or other providers
- approved literacy courses through VET/Adult Education providers under the Skills for Education and Employment Program
- approved short courses
- paid work
- vocational rehabilitation programs
- participation in an armed services training camp
- programs including behaviour management, financial literacy, addiction or abuse counselling, pre-vocational courses and rehabilitation courses
- skill development such as
- heavy vehicle and equipment training, or
- computer skills
- vocational training such as
- first aid courses
- participation in WFD (for those 18 years and over)
- another activity that the Secretary regards as suitable for the person.
Early school leavers who are enrolled and commenced in an approved education or training course cannot be compelled to accept work if it would interfere with their current or future study. However, early school leavers are required to accept paid work where the employment would not interfere with their study or training.
Example: If an early school leaver is offered casual retail work for 6 weeks and it does not interfere with their study, they are obligated to accept the work - failure to do so can invoke compliance measures.
Policy reference: SS Guide 126.96.36.199 Mutual Obligation Requirements for NSA/YA Job Seekers Overview
It is preferable, and generally possible, to reduce an early school leaver's mutual obligation requirements, rather than exempt the early school leaver from their requirements. Mutual obligation requirements are flexible so that when circumstances arise that impede an early school leaver's ability to meet their usual mutual obligation requirements, the requirements can be adjusted to reflect those circumstances (3.2.11).
Act reference: SSAct section 544B YA Employment Pathway Plans-terms, section 544DA YA Employment Pathway Plans-early school leavers
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.3 YA - Qualification & Payability, 3.2.8 Mutual Obligation Requirements for NSA/YA Job Seekers, 3.2.9 Mutual Obligation Requirements for NSA/YA Job Seekers - Suitable Activities, 3.2.11 Mutual obligation requirements for NSA/YA - exemptions