Migrants, refugees and visitors

Payments

Age Pension

The main income support payment for people who have reached age pension age.

  • reached age pension age
  • under the income and assets test limits
  • an Australian resident, normally for at least 10 years

Newstart Allowance

The main income support payment while you’re unemployed and looking for work.

  • at least 22 but under age pension age
  • looking for paid work
  • under the income and assets test limits
  • prepared to meet mutual obligation requirements

Disability Support Pension

Financial help if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working.

  • at least 16 and under age pension age
  • have a permanent medical condition that prevents you from working 15 hours or more per week within the next 2 years
  • under the income and assets test limits

Carer Payment

An income support payment if you give constant care to someone who has a severe disability, illness, or an adult who is frail and old.

  • you’re caring for 1 or more people with care needs which score high enough on the ADAT or DCLAD
  • they will have these needs for at least 6 months or the rest of their life
  • under the pension income and assets test limits
  • you and your care receiver must both be residing in Australia

Parenting Payment

The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.

You must have income and assets below the limits, and be the principal carer of a child:

  • younger than 8 if you’re single, or
  • younger than 6 if you have a partner

You can’t claim Parenting Payment before the birth of your child.

Status Resolution Support Services Payment

Support for people who are living in Australia while they seek to resolve their immigration status.

  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will decide if you're eligible