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.P.75 Participation requirements (DSP)


For the purposes of DSP, from 1 July 2012, participation requirements apply to certain DSP recipients under age 35.

From 1 July 2014 DSP recipients under age of 35 with participation requirements must have a compulsory work-focused activity in their participation plans. Participation requirements include:

  • attending participation interviews
  • signing a participation plan with a compulsory work-focused activity, and
  • undertaking the compulsory work-focused activity.

Exemptions to participation requirements may apply to certain DSP recipients.

Note: DSP recipients with participation requirements who engage with employment service providers sign a Job Plan with their provider. That Job Plan is their participation plan under the SSAct.

Act reference: SSAct section 94A Participation requirements, section 94B Participation plans

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.P.70 Participation plan (DSP), Participation requirements for DSP recipients, Participation requirement exemptions for DSP recipients

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