Residence rules for Sickness Allowance

On the day you claim Sickness Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.

On the day you claim Sickness Allowance, you must:

To keep getting Sickness Allowance

You must continue to be an Australian resident for as long as you get this payment.

What may be different

Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.

If you're a non-protected Special Category visa holder and have lived in Australia for at least 10 years without a break since 27 February 2001, you may be able to get Sickness Allowance for up to 6 months. This can only happen once.

Page last updated: 8 November 2017