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Seasonal Work Calculations/Estimations

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Delegates should also be mindful of seasonal work. A self employed person who is engaged in a business that deals with seasonal income may or may not suffer a loss of income. For example, a person operating a business as a fruit picker may only have income during the fruit picking season. For example, does the person usually start picking fruit in North Qld in August/September travelling through NSW in October/November and ending in Victoria or Tasmania in December to March? If they claim LOE for a period outside of the picking season, it is unlikely they have suffered a loss of earnings.

Delegates should use their discretion, treat each case on its merits and exercise due diligence in applying these guidelines. In cases of seasonal work consideration should be given to evidence of activities undertaken in previous seasons.