Work assessment allowance (AAP)

A work assessment allowance allows you to have an income in periods during which you are ill or injured and need assistance from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) to return to work.

Who is entitled to AAP? 

In order to receive AAP, your work capability must be impaired by at least 50%.

Assistance from NAV may consist of employment schemes, benefits during medical treatment or other follow-up.

Your impaired work capability must be primarily due to illness, injury or defect. There must be some hope of improving your work capability through treatment, employment scheme or follow-up by NAV. 

The goal is that you are able to find or retain work during the period in which you are receiving AAP.

You do not need to be receiving sickness benefits or other benefits from NAV in order to apply for AAP.

If you are receiving sickness benefits and your sickness benefit year is about to expire, you must yourself apply for AAP if you are still ill. You will not automatically receive AAP. Read more about the transition from sickness benefits to the work assessment allowance.

If you have previously received AAP and become ill again without having accrued the right to sickness benefits, you may receive AAP once again for up to six months. This applies if you only require the work assessment allowance for a limited period until you are again able to commence work. To earn the right to sickness benefits, you must have been able to work and have been working full or part-time for 26 weeks.

Membership in the National Insurance Scheme

As a general rule, to be entitled to AAP you must have been a member of the National Insurance Scheme for at least three years. Exceptions may be made if you have previously been a member of the National Insurance Scheme. Read more about membership in the National Insurance Scheme.

You must be between 18 and 67 years of age to receive AAP. If you are between 62 and 67 years of age when you apply, the general rule is that you must have earned a pensionable income that is at least equivalent to the National Insurance basic amount (G) the year prior to your work capability being impaired. Exceptions may be made.

As a general rule, to be entitled to AAP you must live and stay in Norway. Read more about holiday absences and stays abroad under “Notify changes” at the bottom of the page.

Duty to act

A condition for receiving AAP is that you actively contribute to the process of returning to work. This is known as a duty to act. The duty to act entails that:

  • you are involved in preparing a specific plan for what you will do in order to return to work,
  • you attend the agreed meetings with NAV,
  • you provide the necessary information and documentation that NAV requires in order to assist you,
  • you complete the activities that you and your NAV advisor have agreed to in your plan. You must notify NAV if anything prevents you from following the agreed plan.

If you do not complete the agreed activities, NAV may reduce or stop the AAP. Read more about absence due to illness, compelling welfare-related grounds or vacation.

Activity plan

You are entitled to receive the work assessment allowance (AAP) while you are engaged in the following activities to find or return to work: 

  • medical treatment,
  • employment scheme,
  • gradually increasing the amount you work after illness (work capability testing),
  • follow-up by NAV after you have attempted the treatment or scheme.

You may also be entitled to receive AAP during waiting periods:

  • while you and NAV are working out an activity plan,
  • while you are waiting for treatment or a place in an employment scheme.

You may also be entitled to receive AAP during certain other periods without an activity plan. Read more about AAP in Work Assessment Allowance (AAP) during transitional periods.  

Your digital activity plan

You and your NAV adviser will together prepare an activity plan. The activities must be described in a digital activity plan in the Ditt NAV portal.

Both you and your NAV adviser can enter proposed activities in your plan. You can also communicate with your adviser electronically about your activities in a digital dialogue. The dialogue here will be about the follow-up from NAV aimed at getting you into work.

Any questions you may have about payments and benefits will not be answered in the activity plan, they will be communicated via the Ditt NAV portal. If you cannot find the answers you need there, call NAV on (+47) 55 55 33 33.

Follow-up usually takes place via the activity plan, but NAV will call a meeting if necessary. The plan is easy to amend, meaning you can easily adapt the plan if there is a change in your health and functional ability.

If NAV proposes activities for you to do in the activity plan, you must respond promptly to let us know that you have seen the proposal and agree to it. You may also start a dialogue or respond to a message from your adviser via the activity plan. If you disagree with the proposal, you must immediately give notice by starting a dialogue. Read more about the activity plan

Access your activity plan at Ditt NAV.

What are you entitled to?

Full work assessment allowance is the equivalent of 66% of your income in the year prior to your illness or the average of the last three years prior to your illness. You will receive what results in the best calculation for your situation. 

Among other things, the work assessment allowance you are entitled to will be determined on the basis of your previous income and if you have children.

The maximum amount of AAP you may receive is 6 times the National Insurance basic amount. An annual income of more than 6 times the average of the National Insurance basic amount (6G) is therefore not included in the calculation of AAP. Read more about the National Insurance basic amount.

Daily rate and employment status form

You can calculate your daily rate of AAP by dividing the annual amount by 260.  What you will receive depends on your income tax rate and the amount of work or absence you report in your employment status form. The employment status form must be submitted with updated information every 14 days. Read more about the calculation of AAP.

If you work up to 60% of a full-time position, the work assessment allowance you receive will be reduced.

If you work more than 60% of a full-time position during an employment status form period, the AAP (including child supplement) will cease for the relevant employment status form period. Each employment status form applies for a period of 14 days.

If you are close to the goal of returning to full-time work, you may agree with NAV to work up to 80% until the work assessment allowance is no longer paid out. You may do this for up to one year.

For how long are you entitled to AAP?

As a general rule, you cannot receive AAP for more than three years.

However, the length of time in which you receive AAP will depend on how long you will need to participate in work-oriented activities or receive medical treatment before you are able to work. The work assessment allowance period will therefore vary from individual to individual.

The work assessment allowance period may be extended beyond three years, if:

  • due to illness/injury, you were not able to commence programme/treatment until after a lengthy assessment,
  • due to illness/injury, you were unable to combine treatment and programmes,
  • you may also receive AAP for up to two years in order to complete an approved training scheme.

The work assessment allowance period can be extended by a maximum of two years.

How to apply

You must first register on nav.no. You may also receive help to register from your local NAV office.

Aplly work assessment allowance

When you apply for work assessment allowance, NAV requires some details from you, which you must attach to your application. Follow the guidance you receive along the way.

When applying for work assessment allowance, you will receive several documents and decisions from NAV. View the list of the various decisions and documents and what you may appeal against.

Application for resumption of allowance

If there are fewer than 52 weeks since you last received work assessment allowance, and you have not used up the maximum allowance period of 4 years, you may apply for resumption of the work assessment allowance if you become ill again. You may apply to resume receiving work assessment allowance if you become ill with the same illness or if you have a new illness. The earlies you may resume receiving work assessment allowance is from the day you submit your application.

You must submit a new application if

  • more than 52 weeks have passed since you last received work assessment allowance
  • Your case was concluded with final discontinuance (see decisions by NAV).

When should you apply?

You may apply for work assessment allowance at any time if your work capability has been impaired by at least 50 per cent. The earliest you may receive work assessment allowance is from the day you submit your application.

If you are receiving sickness benefit and are still ill at the end of the sickness benefit year, work assessment allowance may be a relevant benefit. You must apply for work assessment allowance yourself, read more about the transitionfrom sickness benefit to work assessment allowance.

Payment and employment status form

In order to receive work assessment allowance, you must submit an employment status form every 14 days. NAV uses the employment assessment form to follow you up and to calculate your allowance. Read more about how to fill out an employment status form when you are receiving work assessment allowance

Work assessment allowance payments are based on the information you provide on your employment status form. If the employment status form is correctly filled out and sent at the right time, payment will be made 2-3 days after the employment status form has been registered. If you submit your employment status form too late, a deduction will be made in the next allowance payment equivalent to the number of days the employment status form arrived too late.

Work assessment allowance is taxed as an income and is a pensionable income.

Read more about Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding

Supplemental benefits

If you are participating in or being considered for an employment scheme, you may also apply for supplementary benefits to cover

  • books and educational material
  • daily travel
  • transport costs when returning home
  • moving costs
  • childcare
  • care and nursing for familymembers
  • extra housing costs

Read more about supplemental benefits and how to apply.

Transport subsidies

If you temporarily can not travel to and from your workplace or your place of education as usual due to illness or injury, you may be entitled travel subsidies instead of receiving AAP. You have to turn in an application and a doctor's certificate that shows that you are not able to travel ordinarily due to illness or injury, and that you otherwise would be on a sick leave.

The transport subsidies will cover necessary additional expenses you'll have for traveling to and from your workplace or place of study.

Establishment of own business

You may apply to receive work assessment allowance for a limited period while you are establishing your own business: Up to 6 months in a development phase and / or 3 months in a start-up phase.

It is a requirement that establishment of your own business will probably mean that you can support yourself or in combination with disability benefit. You may only apply if you are planning to start a new business.

Contact your local NAV office for more information on how to proceed. You must apply using a separate application form, see under “Skjema”.

Notify changes

If the conditions for receiving work assessment allowance are no longer met, you will lose the right to this allowance and it will be stopped. Read about lapse of right to work assessment allowance in case of interruption, admission to an institution, etc.

If there are changes in your income, family and / or job situation, or you are planning to stay abroad, this may affect the amount you receive from NAV.

If you are a Norwegian citizen and are planning to stay in other EU / EEA countries, you do not need to report this if your stay does not entail changes in the activities you have agreed with NAV.

Notify NAV as soon as possible if you

  • find full-time or part-time employment
  • recover, partly or fully
  • drop out of employment scheme or treatment
  • Are going on vacation or leave of absence. Read more about holiday absence /stays abroad and go to application form
  • are moving abroad. Read more about moving abroad
  • sitting in custody, serving a sentence or in protective custody
  • change address or bank account number,
    you can change a temporary postal address and bank account number yourself
  • are admitted to hospital or an institution
  • are going to travel or move abroad
  • are receiving pension from another pension scheme
  • are responsible for more or fewer children
  • receive child allowance and the child has his or her own income
  • have other information may affect your right to benefits

You have a duty to keep NAV updated on your situation, both by submitting an employment status form and by notifying any changes. That way your case will be correctly processed and you will receive the correct amount. Read more about the rights and obligations of those receiving work assessment allowance.

Refer also to general information on the duty to notify NAV.


Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.