18.104.22.168 Assessment of continuing basis for standard rate MOB
Work (paid & voluntary) & vocational training to be on a continuing basis
Whatever paid work, voluntary work or vocational training the recipient is engaged in must be on a continuing basis. For the purposes of MOB, continuing paid work, voluntary work or vocational training is generally considered to be a period of 3 months or longer. If the recipient has been working/doing voluntary work/training continuously preceding the claim, the 3 month period may include the period immediately before the claim was lodged.
Example: A recipient has 2 months work or training remaining when they lodge their claim. They have been working or training continuously for the preceding 1 month or more however, so they still meet this criteria.
Exception 1: Participation in independent living/life skills training meets the criteria of being on a continuing basis regardless of the likely duration.
Exception 2: Participation in the following activities is not subject to the continuing basis rule:
- receipt of JSP, YA or Austudy
- job search activities approved under an EPP with a DESE funded service provider
- participation in DES - DMS.
Act reference: SSAct section 1035(1)(d) A person is qualified for a MOB …
Policy reference: SS Guide 22.214.171.124 Assessment of vocational training for standard rate MOB, 126.96.36.199 Assessment of voluntary work for standard rate MOB, 188.8.131.52 Assessment of 32 hours every 4 weeks rule for standard rate MOB