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3.2.1.30 Waiting, preclusion & exclusion periods for JSP

Which periods apply to JSP?

The following may apply to people who claim JSP:

  • liquid assets test waiting period (3.1.2.20)
  • income maintenance period (4.3.4.10)
  • seasonal work preclusion period (3.1.7)
  • serious failure or unemployment non-payment period (3.11.13.40)
  • ordinary waiting period (3.1.2.50)
  • newly arrived resident's waiting period (1.1.N.70), AND
  • compensation preclusion period (1.1.C.250).

A RapidConnect non-payment period also may apply (3.11.12).

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'waiting period'

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.C.250 Compensation affected payment, 1.1.E.164 Exclusion period, 1.1.N.70 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP), 3.1.2 Waiting & preclusion periods, 3.1.2.20 Liquid assets test waiting period, 3.1.2.50 Ordinary waiting period, 3.1.2.40 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP), 3.1.2.43 Exemptions from the NARWP, 3.1.2.70 Exemptions from waiting periods, 3.1.7 Seasonal work preclusion period, 3.11.14 Consequences for not meeting mutual obligation requirements - CDP job seeker compliance framework, 3.11.14.40 Serious failures & penalties, 3.11.12 Initial connection to employment services (RapidConnect), Part 4 Income & assets, 4.3.4.10 Application of the income maintenance period (IMP)

Concurrent waiting periods

The following table summarises the waiting, deferment, rate reduction and non-payment periods that are served concurrently. When periods without payment are served concurrently, the longest term determines the length of the time without payment.

Waiting period served concurrently with …
Liquid assets test waiting period
  • income maintenance period
  • seasonal work preclusion period
  • serious failure or unemployment non-payment period
  • newly arrived residents waiting period
  • compensation preclusion period
Income maintenance period
  • liquid assets test waiting period
  • seasonal work preclusion period
  • serious failure or unemployment non-payment period
  • newly arrived residents waiting period
  • compensation preclusion period
Seasonal work preclusion period
  • liquid assets test waiting period
  • income maintenance period
  • serious failure or unemployment non-payment period
  • newly arrived residents waiting period
  • compensation preclusion period
Serious failure or unemployment non-payment period
  • liquid assets test waiting period
  • income maintenance period
  • seasonal work preclusion period
  • newly arrived residents waiting period
  • compensation preclusion period
  • ordinary waiting period (see below)
Newly arrived residents waiting period
  • liquid assets test waiting period
  • income maintenance period
  • seasonal work preclusion period
  • serious failure or unemployment non-payment period
  • compensation preclusion period
Ordinary waiting period
  • the OWP may be served concurrently with the unemployment non-payment period
  • except for the unemployment non-payment period, the OWP is not served concurrently with other waiting or preclusion periods. It commences when the person's rate of payment becomes payable at a rate greater than nil (unless one or more other waiting periods still apply)
Compensation preclusion period
  • liquid assets test waiting period
  • income maintenance period
  • seasonal work preclusion period
  • serious failure or unemployment non-payment period
  • newly arrived residents waiting period

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