Seasonal work preclusion period
The seasonal work preclusion period applies if you or your partner have finished seasonal, contract or intermittent work within 6 months of submitting your claim.
You may have a Seasonal Work Preclusion Period before you receive your payment.
The seasonal work preclusion period may apply to you if you're submitting a claim for:
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension, except if you're permanently blind
- Newstart Allowance
- Parenting Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit, if you're a nominated visa holder
- Widow Allowance, or
- Youth Allowance as a job seeker
The length of time you have to wait before we pay you will depend on how much you earned and how long you were working.
Seasonal, contract or intermittent work
Seasonal work is work that is only available for a part of each year - for example, many fishing, agricultural and tourism jobs.
Contract work is any work that is done under a contract for a specific purpose or time, including sub-contract work.
Intermittent work is work that is available from time to time, can reasonably be predicted to end or not be available for a period, is less than 1 year and does not accrue leave entitlements.
Examples of seasonal, contract and intermittent work:
- fruit picking
- consultancy work
- work on building sites
- work that is affected by regular shutdowns, such as factories that temporarily shut down for the Christmas period, or for regular maintenance
- work in the arts and entertainment industries
- work that stops and starts with regularity, such as work in the mining or oil industry
- work that is known to be temporary
- relief teaching or relief work in the health industry, and
- non-ongoing work, or work where a period of unemployment is predictable
Seasonal, contract and intermittent work details
If you or your partner have done any seasonal, contract or intermittent work within the past 6 months, you'll need to download and complete the Seasonal, Contract, and Intermittent Work Details form before you make a claim for a payment.
If you take up any work opportunities, you must report your earnings while getting a payment from us.
Exemptions or waivers
You may be exempt for the seasonal work preclusion period if you:
- have permanent employment expected to last more than 12 months
- have any employment, other than seasonal work, where leave entitlements have been paid, or
- you are undertaking:
- a rehabilitation program
- you are placed in stream C with your jobactive provider, or
- an approved work or study program, such as the Department of Employment New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
The seasonal work preclusion period may be waived if you:
- are in severe financial hardship because of unavoidable or reasonable expenses, excluding your reasonable costs of living expenses