The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. TheĀ 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.V.67 Voluntary unemployment

Definition

Voluntary unemployment refers to a situation where a recipient has left any suitable employment (including part-time work) voluntarily.

Regardless of whether a person is claiming or currently in receipt of JSP, YA, PP or SpB, if the job seeker's resignation was not reasonable, they can be subject to payment cancellation and a 4-week non-payment period under the targeted compliance framework, or an unemployment non-payment period for CDP participants.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 42S Unemployment resulting from a voluntary act or misconduct

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.11.14.10 Types of failures & penalties, 3.11.13.50 Financial penalties, 3.11.15 Reasonable excuse

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