Exemptions from income management can only be sought by people under the Disengaged Youth and Long-term Welfare Payment Recipient Measures. Any exemption granted will remain valid for a period of 12 months. Should an exempted individual wish to continue to be exempted from income management after this period, a new application for another 12 month exemption will need to be made to Centrelink. A person income managed under the Cape York Reform, Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient Measure or Child Protection Measure is not eligible for an exemption, but may ask the decision maker to review their circumstances.
There are some core principles that should be applied in cases where a person seeks an exemption from income management. These principles are set out below.
A person who is exempt can be offered the opportunity to enter into VIM.
The purpose of requiring engagement in certain activities is not to enforce mandatory requirements but rather to promote additional activities and efforts for children.
SS(Admin)Act section 123UGD provides the criteria for a person with one or more dependent children to seek an exemption from income management. In general, the dependent child or children must be participating in an activity outlined in 22.214.171.124, or attending school, and the parent must have had no indications of financial vulnerability over the preceding 12 month period (126.96.36.199).
Children's attendance at quality early childhood education and care is associated with increased participation in education, positive social behaviours in school and later life, higher educational achievement and often higher returns on investment than remedial interventions later in life.
Medical check-ups for pre-school children will need to be demonstrated according to the schedule recommended in each child's personal health and immunisation record.
These exemptions apply to parents in the following categories:
A person without dependent children may qualify for an exemption under SS(Admin)Act section 123UGC, if study or work activity requirements are met (188.8.131.52).
Where parents of a dependent child or children are both subject to income management, only one person can apply for an exemption under the parental exemption category.
Only a designated principal carer may apply for a responsible parenting category exemption.
The parent not being granted an exemption under the parental exemption category may still apply for an exemption through work or study.
Last reviewed: 1 July 2011