Activities that don’t count as work

Some activities won’t count as part of the work test.

Work doesn’t include any of the following:

  • unpaid work, including volunteer work
  • unpaid leave, including unpaid maternity leave
  • income support programs that include a work component
  • study through a scholarship or other award of financial aid
  • paid out leave entitlements
  • state and territory COVID-19 payments
  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment paid by Services Australia.

Page last updated: 12 October 2021