3.5.1.230 Mutual obligation requirements exemption - pregnancy (PP)

Basis of exemption

Pregnant women are exempt from mutual obligation requirements from 6 weeks before the expected date of confinement until 6 weeks following the birth of the child. This exemption applies even if the baby is stillborn or placed for adoption.

In addition, from 3 months before the date they are expected to give birth, pregnant women are not required to undertake job search, although they must continue to satisfy their mutual obligation requirements by participating in another suitable activity/ies.

If at any other time during pregnancy a woman is unable to meet her mutual obligation requirements because of pregnancy-related medical problems, she should apply for an incapacity exemption from DHS.

ParentsNext - temporary reprieve due to pregnancy/birth of a child

Compulsory participants in ParentsNext (3.5.1.167) are eligible for an automatic 'temporary reprieve' exemption from 6 weeks before the expected date of confinement until 6 months following of the birth of their child, or until the new child that entered their care is 6 months old. A participant's ParentsNext provider or DHS can grant a temporary reprieve due to pregnancy/birth of a child. DHS will automatically exit Targeted Stream participants once they confirm the birth of the new child. Intensive Stream participants remain in the program but are not required to participate until their new child turns 6 months old.

During the first 7 months of pregnancy, a pregnant ParentsNext participant must continue to meet their participation requirements. However, ParentsNext providers must take into consideration that the participant is pregnant, in addition to the participant's preferences and goals and their personal and family circumstances, when determining the most appropriate activity/ies for their participation plan.

If at any time during the first 7 months of pregnancy a ParentsNext participant is unable to meet their participation requirements because of pregnancy-related medical problems, they may apply for an exemption from DHS or their ParentsNext provider.

Act reference: SSAct section 502G Pre-natal and post-natal relief, section 500D PP child

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.P.57 ParentsNext, 3.5.1.160 When is a Job Plan required? (PP), 3.5.1.167 ParentsNext summary & participation requirements (PP)

Last reviewed: 1 July 2019