For NSA, YA, PA, and WA, the purpose of a 'notional continuous period of income support payments' (section 23(1)-'income support payment') is to treat a person in certain circumstances as having received an income support payment in respect of a continuous period, even though the person did not receive such a payment during a part or parts of the period.
If the person was receiving income support payments for a short time, a period of non-payment of up to 6 weeks, or several such periods, is/are able to be counted as a period/s of receipt of income support.
If the person was receiving income support payments for a long time (i.e. 12 months), a non-payment period of up to 13 weeks (or several such periods) can be counted as a period/s of receipt of income support. Where a person reaches the 12 month barrier during a non-payment period, the length of the non-payment period immediately prior to the 12 month point is included in working out the period of not longer than 13 weeks that can be considered to be a period in receipt of income support.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment', section 38B Notional continuous period of receipt of income support payments
Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.P.40 Parental income test (YA), 188.8.131.52 Exemptions from Waiting Periods, 3.2.1 NSA - Qualification & Payability, 184.108.40.206 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for NSA Recipients, 3.2.3 YA - Qualification & Payability, 3.3.1 PA - Qualification & Payability, 3.4.3 WA - Qualification & Payability, 220.127.116.11 PhA - Qualification & Payability, 18.104.22.168 Common Benefit Rates, 22.214.171.124 Qualification for Certain Benefits & PPS Advance Payments, 126.96.36.199 Qualification for Special Employment Advance Payments
FA Guide 188.8.131.52 Income Test - FTB Part A Method 1
Last reviewed: 11 February 2013