Pregnant women are exempt from the activity test (1.1.A.40) from 6 weeks before the date they are expected to give birth until 6 weeks following the birth of the child. These exemptions apply even if the baby is stillborn or placed for adoption.
In addition, from 3 months before the date they are expected to give birth, pregnant women are not required to undertake job search, although they must continue to satisfy the activity test by undertaking another suitable activity.
If at any other time during pregnancy a woman is unable to meet her activity test requirements because of pregnancy-related medical problems, she should apply for an incapacity exemption.
Act reference: SSAct section 542D Pre-natal and post-natal exemptions, section 603AAA Pre-natal and post-natal relief from activity test
Policy reference: SS Guide 220.127.116.11 Who Does Activity Testing Apply to?
Last reviewed: 2 November 2009