1.1.W.40 Work test period

Definition

For the purposes of PLP, a primary claimant's work test period is usually the 392 days (which is broadly equivalent to 13 months) immediately before a specified date that is either the expected or actual DOB of the child (or the date that the child enters care).

If the work test is being assessed prior to the birth of the child for the purposes of an initial eligibility determination (1.1.I.70), the claimant's work test period is the 392 days immediately prior to the expected DOB of the child.

If the work test is being assessed after the DOB of the child, the claimant's work test period is the 392 days immediately before the DOB if the child is born on or before the expected DOB.

If the work test is being assessed after the DOB, the claimant's work test period is the 392 days immediately before the DOB if the child is born after the expected DOB. However, if a claimant does not satisfy the work test because her child was born late, the 392 days immediately before the expected DOB may be used for the work test period. This is to provide the most flexible work test options where the claimant has left work and the baby is born late.

Example: A woman who leaves work 3 months before the expected DOB, having thought she had met the work test, may no longer be eligible if the baby is born 2 weeks after the expected DOB. If the woman lodges her claim after the birth, the work test period is based on the actual date of birth. If she does not satisfy the test using this work test period, a work test period based on the expected DOB may be applied.

For a birth mother who does not meet the work test in the applicable period described above because they ceased work due to hazards connected to their work that posed a risk to their pregnancy, the work test period will be the 392 days prior to the day the claimant is no longer performing work in the hazardous job (2.2.2.25).

The work test period for a secondary claimant is the 392-day period immediately before the day the person will become or becomes the child's primary carer or, in relation to an adopted child, the day the child is placed during the process of adoption.

For the purposes of DAPP, the work test period is the 392 days immediately before the claimant's nominated start date.

COVID-19 affected claimants

PLP

For the purposes of making an initial eligibility determination for a primary claimant for PLP who is a COVID-19 affected claimant (1.1.C.165), the work test period is the 600 day period prior to the expected DOB or adoption.

For the purposes of making an eligibility determination for a primary claimant who is a COVID-19 affected claimant, the work test period is the 600 day period prior to the child's actual DOB or placement for adoption. If the primary claimant is unable to meet the work test based on the actual date of DOB or placement of the adoption, and the child was born or placed after the expected DOB or placement, the work test period is the 600 day period prior to the expected DOB or placement.

For secondary claimants who are COVID-19 affected claimants, the work test period is the 600 day period before the day the person first becomes the child's primary carer.

DAPP

For a COVID-19 affected claimant for DAPP, the work test period is the 600 day period prior to the nominated start date of their DAPP period.

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 33 The work test period-claimants other than COVID-19 affected claimants, section 33A The work test period-COVID-19 affected claimants, section 115CC When a DAPP claimant satisfies the work test, section 115CD The work test period (DAPP)

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.2.2 PPL scheme work test for PLP, 2.2.2.25 Hazardous jobs for PLP, 2.2.2.27 Work test period for COVID-19 affected claimants for PLP, 2.3.2.25 Work test period for COVID-19 affected claimants for DAPP

Last reviewed: 4 January 2021