The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Absences from Australia for DAPP


This topic explains how a temporary absence (1.1.A.10) from Australia affects eligibility for DAPP.

When a person who has left Australia continues to meet residency conditions

A person who meets one of the first 2 residency conditions at but who has left Australia and remains absent from Australia may continue to meet the Australian residency test for DAPP, except where they have been absent from Australia for a period of more than 56 weeks. A person who has been absent for more than 56 weeks is deemed not to meet the Australian residency test and hence is not eligible for DAPP from that day.

Where the 56 week mark falls within the 2 week DAPP period, the person may receive DAPP until they cease to be eligible (the date on which they have been overseas for more than 56 weeks, unless they receive an extension from the Secretary).

Example: The DAPP claimant and his partner have their baby overseas and have been overseas for 55 weeks before their nominated start date. The claimant will only be paid DAPP for 1 week (until they reach the 56 week absence from Australia mark).

Extension to the temporary absence period

The Secretary may extend the 56 week period to a period of no more than 3 years if a person was unable to return to Australia due to:

  • deployment outside Australia as a defence force member, under conditions specified in a determination made under the Defence Act 1903 that relates to such deployment, or
  • deployment outside Australia for the purpose of capacity building or peacekeeping functions as a member or special member of the Australian Federal Police, or a protective service officer within the meaning of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979.

Calculating the absence period

If a person who has been absent from Australia for more than 6 weeks, but less than 56 weeks, returns to Australia, and then leaves again less than 6 weeks later, then the person is taken not to have returned to Australia for the purposes of calculating the 56 week period for the Australian residency test for DAPP.

If a person has been absent from Australian for 56 or more weeks, then returns to Australia and leaves again less than 6 weeks after returning, they do not meet the Australian residency test and are not eligible for DAPP at any time during their stay in Australia or their subsequent absence from Australia.

If the 56 weeks absence period expires during a return to Australia of less than 6 weeks, the Australian residency test will not be met for any days after the 56 weeks, including days falling within that period of return, despite the individual's physical presence in Australia.

Act reference: PPLAct section 46 Effect of absence from Australia on Australian residency test

Policy reference: PPL Guide 1.1.A.10 Absence from Australia, 2.3.1 DAPP eligibility overview

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