188.8.131.52 Suitable activity - study (PP)
PP recipients who do not have mutual obligation requirements may also undertake study on a voluntary basis.
PP recipients do not have any mandatory requirements prior to their youngest child turning 6 years old, unless they are eligible to participate in ParentsNext (184.108.40.206). However, study can be undertaken on a voluntary basis prior to the commencement of mandatory mutual obligation requirements.
Once mandatory mutual obligation requirements have commenced for recipients with a youngest child aged 6, approved study may be undertaken. PP recipients undertaking at least 30 hours of study per fortnight are considered to be fully meeting their requirements, where the 30 hours of study includes both contact and non-contact hours. To fully meet requirements, the approved study must be included as a compulsory item in the PP recipient's Job Plan.
PP recipients who are undertaking approved education or training of less than 30 hours per fortnight, (1.1.P.418) are not required to accept offers of employment if the hours of work conflict with the contact hours of study, so long as the education or training is included as a compulsory item in their Job Plan. PP recipients undertaking less than 30 hours per fortnight of approved study are required to accept suitable offers of part-time employment where the hours of work would fit around their study schedule.
PP recipients undertaking approved study of less than 30 hours per fortnight, would generally not have reduced job search requirements (220.127.116.11), except where the study undertaken is an approved Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) course that has been included as a compulsory item in their Job Plan, after their employment services provider has identified a need for them to improve their LLN skills.
The following table summarises under what conditions study can be undertaken.
|PP recipients (prior to youngest child turning 6)||PP recipients, with youngest child aged 6|
Note: While PP recipients with mandatory mutual obligation requirements are able to enrol in and complete higher degrees, such as a Doctor of Philosophy or most Masters degrees, this should be discouraged. PP recipients should be encouraged to undertake courses that will help them get a job and which are of a vocational nature.