3.5.1.190 Other Suitable Activities (PP Recipients & Principal Carers)

Summary

This topic includes other suitable activity arrangements for both PP recipients and principal carers in receipt of NSA, YA or SpB. In this topic, PP recipients and principal carers will be collectively referred to as 'principal carers'.

In addition to job search, a range of additional suitable activities may be taken into consideration against a principal carer's total mutual obligation requirements. Principal carers may undertake a single activity or a combination of activities in their Job Plan.

These activities may include:

Participation category Illustrative examples Level of participation required
Full-time study

Full-time study in a VET or other approved course (refer also 1.1.P.418).

Includes short courses from providers such as:

  • Vocational Education and Training
  • employment services providers,
  • registered training organisations,
  • adult education centres, or
  • private training providers.

Fully meets requirements.

When a principal carer is undertaking full-time study (at least 30 hours per fortnight - including any combination of contact and non-contact hours) in an approved course, which is included as a compulsory item in their Job Plan, they are considered to be meeting their requirements in full.

Note: All short courses approved by providers must have a strong vocational focus.

Part-time study Part-time study in a VET or other approved course (refer also 1.1.P.418).

Can fully meet requirements.

Part-time study in an approved course, which is included as a compulsory item within a Job Plan, will contribute to meeting a principal carer's requirements.

Principal carers can fully satisfy their requirements by undertaking at least 30 hours per fortnight of study (including any combination of contact and non-contact hours).

A principal carer will be required to meet additional requirements if they undertake less than 30 hours of approved study (including any combination of contact and non-contact hours) per fortnight (or less than 30 hours per fortnight of paid work, approved study, in some circumstances voluntary work, and any combination of these). It would be expected that other activities, including job search would be included in the Job Plan.

So long as the education or training is included as a compulsory item in their Job Plan, the principal carer is not required to look for and accept work where it conflicts with the time of the course or if it would prevent them from completing the course.

Self-employment Of at least 30 hours per fortnight, and where the income earned from self-employment is equivalent to, or above, 30 hours at the minimum wage.

Fully meets requirements.

When this requirement is met, the principal carer is considered to have fully met their mutual obligation requirements, and will not need to take additional activities, including job search.

Paid part-time work Of at least 30 hours per fortnight.

Fully meets requirements.

When this requirement is met, the principal carer is considered to have met all their mutual obligation requirements, and will not need to take additional activities, including job search.

Voluntary work Voluntary work that serves as unpaid work experience and skills development, such as:
  • sports coaching,
  • school based volunteering (such as tuck-shop duties or assisting in the classroom),
  • community health services,
  • country fire service,
  • community governance (e.g. local government council member), or
  • administration work for a community or sporting group.

Note: This must be with an approved organisation.

Can fully meet requirements.

In some circumstances, principal carers under the age of 55 can satisfy their mutual obligation requirements by undertaking voluntary work or a combination of voluntary work and other approved activities for at least 30 hours per fortnight. However, the principal carer must remain connected with their employment services provider and accept any suitable offers of employment. Refer to 3.2.9.130 for more detail.

Principal carers aged 55 or above may fully meet their requirements by doing voluntary work or a combination of part-time paid work and voluntary work of 30 hours per fortnight.

The ways in which they can fully meet their mutual obligation requirements in this way will depend on the job seeker's age and duration on payment as outlined in 3.2.8.10.

Programmes recommended by ESAt Programmes such as:
  • behaviour management,
  • financial literacy,
  • addiction or abuse counselling,
  • pre-vocational courses,
  • rehabilitation courses.

Contributes towards, but does not fully meet, requirements.

These activities may be included in a principal carer's Job Plan.

Commonwealth, State and Territory Complementary Programmes

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Can fully meet requirements.

Principal carers can choose to participate in NEIS training on a part-time basis and remain on payment while participating in NEIS. For these principal carers, participation in NEIS will fully meet their mutual obligation requirements.

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Contributes towards, but does not fully meet, requirements.

Regardless of their hours of participation in AMEP, principal carers will need to participate in additional approved activities, (generally this will include job search), in order to meet their mutual obligation requirements.

Newly arrived refugees with mutual obligation requirements will be DHS managed prior to their referral to jobactive 6 months after arrival. During this period participation in AMEP will fully meet their requirements.

Skills for Education and Employment Program (SEE)

Contributes towards, but does not fully meet, requirements.

Regardless of their hours of participation in SEE, principal carers will need to meet additional requirements (generally this will include job search), in order to meet their mutual obligation requirements.

Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) Newly arrived refugees with mutual obligation requirements will be referred to a suitable activity, however they will not be required to be connected to a jobactive provider until 6 months after their arrival in Australia. Newly arrived refugees with mutual obligation requirements will be DHS managed prior to their referral to jobactive 6 months after arrival. During this period participation in HSP will fully meet their requirements. Once a newly arrived refugee has been referred to jobactive 6 months after arrival they will need to undertake other activities to meet their requirements.

Defence Force Reserves

Participation in the Defence Force Reserves - service or training camp.

Can fully meet requirements.

With regards to Defence Force Reserves duty - if the principal carer is engaged in regular paid Reserve duty for 30 hours a fortnight then they have fully met their requirements and they are no longer required to undertake job search or any other activities.

If the principal carer's regular Reserve duty is less than 30 hours a fortnight then they must undertake additional suitable activities to satisfy their requirements of at least 30 hours per fortnight (refer 3.2.9.140).

Principal carers engaged in Defence Force Reserve training are seen to be fully satisfying their requirements and are not required to undertake job search activities. Attendance at a programmed training camp or recognised training activity is usually verified by the equivalent of a signed training notice or signal notice. Where a training notice is not issued a reservist must produce authorised documentary evidence of the training activity.

Work For the Dole

 

Contributes towards, but does not fully meet, requirements.

Participation in WFD can contribute to meeting a principal carer's mutual obligation requirements.

For details of how WFD can help principal carer parents to meet their annual activity requirement refer to 3.2.10.

Other activities
  • National Work Experience Programme (NWEP).
  • Programmes and services which address, non-vocational barriers.

Contributes towards, but does not fully meet, requirements.

Participation in these activities can contribute to meeting a principal carer's mutual obligation requirements.

For details of how these activities can help principal carer parents to meet their annual activity requirement refer to 3.2.10.

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.F.230 Full-time study (YA, Austudy, PES), 3.2.9.130 Suitable Activity - Voluntary Work, 3.5.1.180 Suitable activity - study (PP), , 3.5.1.200 Suitable Work (PP Recipients & Principal Carers), 3.2.9.210 Suitable Activity - Principal Carer, 3.5.1.250 Mutual Obligation Requirements Exemption - Special Circumstances (PP)

Last reviewed: 2 January 2019