188.8.131.52 Major personal crisis exemption for under 18s
Circumstances of exemption
This exemption may be given in a range of circumstances which constitute a major personal crisis, and which prevent a young person from participating in full-time education or training for a period not authorised by the educational institution.
Examples: The following list contains examples of circumstances in which this exemption may be granted:
- death of an immediate family member
- breakup of marriage or de facto relationship (whether of the same sex or of a different sex)
- domestic violence
- physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, and
- family dislocation.
Duration of exemption
The young person can be given an exemption for up to 2 weeks, although this can be extended if a special circumstances activity test exemption is applied.
Mutual obligation requirements (1.1.M.160)
A special circumstances exemption may also apply.
If an exemption is not granted, early school leavers (1.1.E.05) who are unable to study or undertake training full-time are still expected to undertake education or training or other activities appropriate to their capacity. Activities may include participation in part-time education or training or other approved activities, such as counselling or mediation.
Act reference: SSAct section 542 Situations in which a person is exempt from undertaking full-time study, section 542H Special circumstances exemption, section 543A(2A)(h) … has suffered a personal crisis …, section 543A(2B) If the following circumstances exist in …, section 540 Qualification for YA - general rule
SS(Admin)Act section 40L Circumstances making it unreasonable etc. to comply with requirements, section 40N Domestic violence