Exceptions to the work test

Exceptions to the work test may apply in certain circumstances.

What if your child’s birth was premature

If your child’s born prematurely you may still meet the work test. You need to show that you would have met the work test if your child’s birth wasn’t premature.

What the extended work test due to coronavirus (COVID-19) is

If COVID-19 affected your work, you may be able to use an extended work test when you claim.

You can access the extended work test when all of the following apply:

  • you don’t meet the standard work test because your employment hours reduced, or you stopped work, due to COVID-19
  • your child’s birth or adoption is between 22 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.

If you’re eligible, we’ll extend your work test period from 13 months to 20 months. You’ll use the 20 months before the start of your Dad and Partner Pay period. Keep in mind, we count 20 months as 600 days.

By extending your work test period, you’ll be able to use work you did before COVID-19 affected your employment.

You’ll still need to meet the other work test requirements within the extended 20 month period. These include all the following:

  • worked at least 10 months in your extended work test period
  • worked at least 330 hours in that 10 month period
  • had no more than a 12 week break between any work day in that 10 month period.

Page last updated: 7 December 2020