1.1.Q.20 Qualifying work

Definition

A person performs qualifying work on a day if the person either performs at least 1 hour of paid work (1.1.P.20) on a day or the person takes a period of paid leave of at least 1 hour on a day.

Paid leave has its ordinary meaning, and generally includes paid recreation, maternity, carer's or sick leave, or unpaid leave while receiving workers' compensation or accident compensation payments. Paid out leave (e.g. a payment in lieu of annual leave or long service leave that is paid out to an employee on termination of their employment) is not qualifying work.

For children born or entrusted to care as part of an adoption process on or after 1 March 2014, a person can also count the days in a previous period of PLP and/or DAPP (for a previous child) as qualifying work for a new claim. From 1 July 2020, any payable flexible PPL days for a previous child can also count as qualifying work for a new claim.

For children born or entrusted to care as part of an adoption process before 1 March 2014, a previous period of PLP and/or DAPP (for a previous child) cannot be counted as qualifying work for a new claim.

PLP, including any days in a PPL period and any payable flexible PPL days, will not count towards the work test for a DAPP claim for the same child because a person who meets the work test for PPL will also meet the work test for DAPP for that child. Similarly, a DAPP period will not count towards the work test for a PLP claim for the same child.

A person also performs qualifying work on a day that is in a jobkeeper payment period for the person. A person is taken to have performed 7.6 hours of work on a week day, and no hours of work on a Saturday or Sunday that is in a jobkeeper payment period. If a person performs at least 1 hour of paid work or takes at least 1 hour of paid leave on a day that is in a jobkeeper payment period, the person is taken to have performed the greater of the hours of work performed or paid leave taken, or 7.6 hours on a week day and no hours on a Saturday and Sunday.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 34 When a person performs qualifying work

PPL Rules Part 2 Division 3 Matters relating to the work test

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.2.2 PPL scheme work test for PLP

Last reviewed: 10 May 2021