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- Australian resident.
- Living in Australia.
- Permanent residence visa holder.
- Skilled work visas subject to legislation.
- Special Category visa (SCV) holder.
- Family member.
- Temporary protection type visas.
- Partner provisional visas.
To be eligible to receive a payment, you must be an Australian Resident. An Australian resident (as defined by the Social Security Act 1991) is a person who lives in Australia on a permanent basis and is one of the following: an Australian citizen.
Asylum seekers who are granted bridging visas are not eligible for social security payments through Centrelink and are not provided with public housing. Asylum seekers may be provided with support to help them with the initial transition from immigration detention to living in the community.
Are international students eligible for this payment? Yes! You are eligible for the payment as long as: You’re an Australian resident, permanent resident or eligible working visa holder.
You can get it while you’re unemployed and looking for work, or doing approved activities to find a job. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study. Youth Allowance for job seekers is an income support payment if you’re 21 or younger and looking for work.
New residents may have to wait up to 4 years before they can get most of our payments or concession and health care cards. A maximum 2 year waiting period applies if you’re the holder of either: an Orphan Relative visa (subclass 117 or 837) a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115 and 835).
Subclass 491 visa holders are eligible for Medicare; entitlement to Social Welfare (Centrelink) payments is subject to legislation being passed.
If you hold a temporary visa, such as a TPV or SHEV or Bridging visa, and you are not eligible for any Centrelink payments or SRSS, you might be able to receive some financial and material assistance from the Red Cross as part of their COVID-19 pandemic emergency relief support.
With a 482 visa, you are not entitled to access any social security payments from Centrelink. Depending on the occupation, you might be eligible for a permanent employer sponsored visa (subclass 186 or 187) after 3 years in the same position with the same employer.
Centrelink forms if you live outside Australia. You can claim a Centrelink payment if you’re living in a country we have an agreement with. If you claim a Centrelink payment while living in a country we don’t have an agreement with, we’ll reject it. You can submit a claim up to 13 weeks early.