A person who is not a principal carer of a child may qualify for an exemption under SS(Admin)Act section 123UGC, if study or work activity requirements are met.
Example: Sean and Brittany have 2 children and Brittany has been determined by the Secretary to be the principal carer for the children. Sean receives NSA and is income managed under the Disengaged Youth Measure. Sean would like to apply for an exemption from income management. He would need to apply for this through participation criteria, not responsible parenting criteria, as he is not a principal carer.
Full-time students and new apprentices are identified through the Centrelink system and will be sent letters advising of their eligibility for an exemption and that it will be automatically applied. Exempt students should be provided with information about VIM, including the incentive payment, and offered the opportunity to enter into a VIM agreement.
A person who has had significant engagement in paid work may also apply for an exemption. In this case, the person would need to provide evidence to the delegate that during the 12 months immediately prior to the application, they had:
Alternatively, the person may meet another activity test, as set out in a legislative instrument. .
A person who is granted an exemption should be provided with information, and offered the opportunity, to enter into a VIM agreement.
Example: Gordana is in receipt of YA and is being income managed under the Disengaged Youth Measure. She changes her study hours and goes from part-time study to full-time study. As she is now a full-time student, she will no longer be subject to the Disengaged Youth Measure of income management.
Gordana decides to volunteer for income management as she has found it a helpful tool to manage her money. She enters into a VIM agreement.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 123UGC Exempt welfare payment recipient-persons without dependent children
Last reviewed: 11 August 2011