What is a stand down?
The principle behind applying a stand down is that a client should be able to provide for themselves for a short period of time.
How long will a stand down last?
The length of the stand down depends on:
- the client's average weekly income (before tax) in the 26 or 52 weeks immediately before the client’s entitlement date, and
- the number of dependent children in their care at any time during the same period.
A benefit commences on the later of:
- the date the person became entitled to the benefit, or
- the day after the date the person's employment ceased, if the person's employment ended or the person is given notice of termination of employment before they applied for the benefit.
A benefit is subject to a stand down under the Social Security Act 1964. A stand down is a period (of up to a maximum of two weeks) where the client cannot receive a benefit payment.