Support Services and Mutual Obligations Arrangements for Illegal Maritime Arrivals

From 1 May 2014, individuals who are granted a substantive temporary visa may have access to some basic support payments such as Special Benefit, Family Tax Benefit and Rent Assistance, depending on their individual circumstances.

This measure has started.

Description of the measure

From 1 May 2014, individuals who are granted a substantive temporary visa may have access to some basic support payments such as Special Benefit, Family Tax Benefit and Rent Assistance, depending on their individual circumstances.

Individuals who are granted a substantive temporary visa will have access to Medicare as well as a range of employment services support through the Job Services Australia (JSA).

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

You are affected by this measure if you have been found to engage Australia’s protection obligations and granted a substantive temporary visa (subclass 449 (pending regulatory change), 785 and 786) by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Am I eligible for this measure?

If you have been found to engage Australia’s protection obligations and are granted a substantive temporary visa, you may have access to some basic support payments depending on your individual circumstances. You will have access to Medicare and support through Job Services Australia.

You can apply for Special Benefit through the Department of Human Services.

Under this measure, to qualify for Special Benefit a person must:

  • hold a valid substantive temporary visa
  • prove they are in financial hardship
  • be unable to earn a sufficient livelihood for themselves and their dependents

In return for this support, you will be required to engage in mutual obligations arrangements. To help you meet your obligations, you will be able to access employment services through a referral to Job Services Australia providers.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure started on 1 May 2014 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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