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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 603

Relief from activity test--general

             (1)  A person is taken to satisfy the activity test in respect of a period when the person is attending a training camp as a member of:

                     (a)  the Naval Reserve; or

                     (b)  the Army Reserve; or

                     (c)  the Air Force Reserve.

             (2)  Where the Secretary considers that:

                     (a)  it would be reasonable to assume that, at the end of a period, a person is present in an area where:

                              (i)  there is no locally accessible labour market; and

                             (ii)  there is no locally accessible vocational training course or labour market program; and

                    (aa)  it would be reasonable to assume that, throughout the period, the person is unemployed and is capable of undertaking, and is willing to undertake, paid work that, in the Secretary's opinion, is suitable for the person to undertake; and

                     (b)  having regard to all the relevant factors, including:

                              (i)  the location of offices of the Department; and

                             (ii)  difficulties with transport and communication; and

                            (iii)  the educational and cultural background of the person;

                            it would be unreasonable to expect the person to comply with the activity test in order to be qualified for jobseeker payment for that period;

then, unless the person has been notified of a requirement under subsection 601(1A) in relation to the period, the person is taken to satisfy the activity test during that period.

Note 1:       For activity test see section 601.

Note 2:       For remote area see section 14.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  a person is treated as being unemployed because of subsection 595(1); and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that it is appropriate for this subsection to apply;

the person is taken to satisfy the activity test during the period starting when the person made a claim, or is to be taken to have made a claim, for jobseeker payment and ending:

                     (c)  if the person has been required to enter into a Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plan but has failed to enter that plan--when the person so failed; or

                     (d)  in any other case--when the person has entered into such a plan.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if, at the time of becoming a person who is treated as being unemployed because of subsection 595(1), the person had already been required to enter into a Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plan.



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