Independent through work

You may be an independent job seeker if you’ve supported yourself through full time paid work.

This applies if you work full time for at least 18 months within any 2 year period.

You don’t need to work for 18 months in a row, or in the same job. Full time work is an average of 30 hours a week.

You may not work 30 hours every week. If this is the case, you can average your work hours over a period of up to 13 weeks.

Paid work includes:

  • paid leave
  • overseas work
  • unpaid leave due to employer shutdown outside of your control
  • full time apprenticeships and traineeships.

See if you’re considered independent using the check independence through work history tool.

Page last updated: 6 September 2022.
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