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.

1.1.M.160 Mutual obligation requirements


Mutual obligation requirements include all job search-related or employment preparation activities a person can be compelled to undertake in return for participation payments (JSP, YA (other), PP (when their youngest child turns 6 or if meeting eligibility criteria for ParentsNext) and SpB (NVH)), unless they have an exemption (3.11.5).

The activities that a person must undertake to meet their mutual obligation requirements are usually included in their Job Plan (1.1.J.25).

Mutual obligation requirements are based on the principle that it is fair and reasonable to expect unemployed people receiving a participation payment to do their best to find work, undertake activities that will improve their skills and increase their employment prospects and, in some circumstances, contribute something to their community in return for receiving income support.

For arrangements on how mutual obligation requirements are determined, and the types of activities people are expected to undertake, see 3.11.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act Division 2A Subdivision A-Entry into employment pathway plans, Division 2A Subdivision C-Exemptions from employment pathway plan requirements

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.11 Mutual obligation requirements, 3.11.3 Suitable activities, 3.11.5 Exemptions - overview

Last reviewed: