Most part-time students are required to undertake other approved activities to meet activity test requirements. However, some students may not have the capacity to undertake 75% of a normal amount of full-time study for reasons beyond their control. In such cases additional activities may not be possible.
In cases where students withdraw from some subjects, it may be possible for their minimum required study-load to be reduced temporarily to two-thirds (66%) of the normal amount of full-time study. This situation would arise if it was not possible to study 75% of the normal amount of full-time study because of:
Example: Timetable clashes, subject pre requisites not satisfied because of failure or other reasons, subject cancelled or over-enrolled, or a reduced study-load is needed to complete the course.
For YA recipients with a 66% concessional study-load, qualification as a full-time student and access to add-ons is maintained, including the higher income free area of $236 a fortnight and the student income bank.
Part-time students do not have access to the add-ons including the higher income free area of $236 a fortnight and the student income bank. Part-time students under 21 years of age may continue with their studies on a part-time basis as part of their EPP (1.1.E.103). Additional activities, such as job search, may be required to fulfil the activity test.
Young people aged under 22 will generally be unable to satisfy the activity test by undertaking job search activities in their EPP, unless they have completed Year 12 or an equivalent qualification (Certificate level II or above). Part-time students over 22 years of age may not be paid YA and must test their eligibility for other income support payments such as NSA.
Act reference: SSAct section 541B(1A) When two-thirds study load applies
Policy reference: SS Guide 126.96.36.199 What Should Not be Included in an EPP
Last reviewed: 2 July 2012