18.104.22.168 Permissible break for DAPP
A break between consecutive working days in the work test period will be a permissible break (1.1.P.130) where it was between 2 days on which a person performed qualifying work (1.1.Q.20), and the break was no more than 84 consecutive days (12 weeks) in length.
There are 2 situations when a break can be considered a permissible break. The first is where the break occurred between 2 work days in the work test period (i.e. in the 392 days before the expected or actual DOB, or the day the person becomes the child's primary carer) and the break is not more than 84 days.
The second situation is where there was a break between 2 consecutive working days and the break started before, and ended after, the start of the work test period. In this situation, providing the period between the 2 work days was no longer than 84 days, the period from the beginning of the work test period until the first working day in the work test period can be considered to be a permissible break, and this period can be considered towards the qualifying period of 295 consecutive days.
Example 1: Michael's partner gives birth to a child on 13 June 2020 and Michael nominates the DOB as his DAPP period start date. Michael's 392 day work test period commences on 18 May 2019. Michael did not work on this day, but he worked on 1 May 2019 and then worked on 31 May 2019 and thereafter for a continuous period up to 20 March 2020. To satisfy the work test, Michael needs to establish a qualifying period of 295 consecutive days between the start of the work test period on 18 May 2019 and when he ceased work on 20 March 2020. As Michael had performed qualifying work on 1 May 2019 and on 31 May 2019 and as the period between these dates was less than 84 days in length, Michael can be considered to have been on a permissible break between the start of the work test period on 18 May 2019, and the day he performed qualifying work on 31 May 2019. As a permissible break can count towards the work test, Michael is considered to have worked 307 days between 18 May 2019 and 20 March 2020. Therefore, providing the requirement for 330 hours of qualifying work is met, Michael would meet the work test, as the period of qualifying work performed during the work test period is at least 295 consecutive days.
In the example above, Michael's hours worked on 1 May 2019 do not count towards the requirement for 330 hours or the 295 consecutive days as it was outside of his work test period. This day is only used to establish that a period within the work test period was a permissible break and provide some flexibility in circumstances where the claimant does not work on the start day of the 13 month work test period.
Example 2: Henry's partner is expecting to give birth to her first child on 12 December 2020 and Henry nominates the expected DOB as his DAPP period start date. Henry's 392 day work test period starts on 16 November 2019. Henry finishes his job on 20 October 2019, and does not start work in another job until 18 January 2020, a break of more than 84 days. Henry then works every week from 18 January 2020 until 14 November 2020, a period of 301 consecutive days. The break between working days that occurred early in the work test period is not a permissible break as it was a break of more than 84 days.
In example 2 above the break does not affect Henry's eligibility for DAPP because there was still a qualifying period of at least 295 consecutive days in the work test period where Henry performed qualifying work or had a permissible break, i.e. weekends off work.
Note: For children born or entrusted to care prior to 1 January 2019, a break between consecutive working days is permissible if it was less than 56 days (8 weeks).