(1) A person is covered by a participation exemption under this Division in respect of a period if:
(a) the Secretary is satisfied that special circumstances, beyond the person's control, exist; and
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that in those circumstances it would be unreasonable to expect the person to meet participation requirements for that period.
(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply to circumstances wholly or predominantly attributable to the person's misuse of alcohol or another drug, unless the person is a declared program participant.
(2) The period referred to in subsection (1) is not to exceed 13 weeks.
(a) the Secretary makes a number of determinations under any one or more of the following provisions:
(i) subsection 525AA(3) of this Act as previously in force;
(ii) subsection 542H(1) of this Act;
(iii) subsection 603A(1) of this Act;
(iv) subsection 731E(1) of this Act;
(v) subsection (1) of this section; and
(b) the periods to which the determinations relate form a continuous period;
the continuous period is not to exceed 13 weeks, unless the Secretary determines otherwise, having regard to the continued existence, or likely continued existence, of the special circumstances on which the last preceding determination was based.