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1.1.W.30 Work test

Definition

For the purposes of PLP, the work test applies by reference to qualifying work (1.1.Q.20) performed prior to the claimant becoming the primary carer of their child. For the birth mother or the initial primary carer of an adopted child, this will be the period immediately before the birth of the child or immediately before the child entered the person's care as a part of the process of adoption.

If the claimant is a birth mother who has given birth on or after 1 January 2020, and has ceased work due to hazards connected with her work that pose or posed a risk to her pregnancy, the work test qualifying period applies to the period immediately before the day the person was no longer performing work in the hazardous job (2.2.2.25).

For the purposes of DAPP the work test applies by reference to work performed prior to the start of the DAPP period.

PPLAct section 32 sets out a method statement for working out whether a person satisfies the work test on a day.

Step Method statement
1

Work out the person's work test period (1.1.W.40) under:

  • section 33 for claimants other than COVID-19 affected claimants (1.1.C.165), or
  • section 33A for COVID-19 affected claimants.
2

Work out the days in the work test period on which the person has and has not performed qualifying work (1.1.Q.20).

3

Work out whether any days on which the person has not performed qualifying work during the work test period fall within a permissible break (1.1.P.130).

4

Work out whether there is a period (a 'qualifying period') (1.1.Q.10) of 295 consecutive days in the work test period that are days:

(a) on which the person has performed qualifying work, or
(b) that fall within a permissible break.

5

If the person has performed at least 330 hours of qualifying work in the qualifying period, the person satisfies the work test.

There are several alternative ways of meeting the work test.

For the purposes of PLP, Centrelink may determine that a person who is a birth mother has met the work test if:

  • the person's child was born prematurely, or
  • while the person was pregnant with the child, the person had complications or illness related to the pregnancy which prevented the person from performing paid work, and
  • Centrelink is satisfied that the person would have satisfied the work test on the day in accordance with section 32 (the work test), if one or both of these circumstances had not existed.

For the purposes of DAPP, a claimant may also satisfy the work test if Centrelink is satisfied that the:

  • child was born prematurely, and
  • claimant would have satisfied the work test if the child had not been born prematurely.

A claimant for PLP or DAPP may also satisfy the work test if Centrelink is satisfied that:

  • special circumstances applied in relation to the person, and
  • the person would have satisfied the work test if those circumstances had not existed.

The special circumstances are the:

  • person is experiencing family and domestic violence, or is dealing with the impact of family and domestic violence, that prevents the person from performing paid work
  • person is affected by a severe medical condition that prevents them from performing paid work
  • person is caring for a family member who is affected by a severe medical condition and providing such care prevents the person from performing paid work, or
  • person is affected by a Commonwealth, state or territory declared natural disaster that prevents the person from performing paid work.

A PLP claimant may also satisfy the work test on a day if Centrelink is satisfied that the PLP claimant is eligible for DAPP for the child.

A DAPP claimant may also satisfy the work test on a day if Centrelink is satisfied that the DAPP claimant is eligible for PLP for the child.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 31 When a person is eligible for PLP on a day other than a flexible PPL day for a child, section 32 When a person satisfies the work test (PLP), section 33(2A) This subsection applies in relation to a primary claimant …, section 34 When a person performs qualifying work, section 36A Premature birth or pregnancy-related complications or illness (PLP), section 36AA Special circumstances, section 36B Claimant for PLP who is already eligible for DAPP, section 115CB When a DAPP claimant is eligible for DAPP, section 115CC When a DAPP claimant satisfies the work test, section 115CE Premature birth (DAPP), section 115CF DAPP claimant who is already eligible for PLP

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, 2.3.2 PPL scheme work test for DAPP

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