The Newly Arrived Resident’s and Assurance of Support waiting periods are increasing. These changes may affect you.
If you’re a newly arrived resident with a visa granted on or after 1 January 2019, these change affects you.
From 1 January 2019, you may now have to wait up to 4 years before you can get:
- working age payments, like Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance and Youth Allowance
- a concession card, like the Low Income Health Care Card.
We’ll also introduce a new Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period (NARWP) to the following payments:
- Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay – 2 year waiting period
- Carer Allowance – 1 year waiting period
- Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A – 1 year waiting period.
There will be no waiting period for FTB Part B.
The NARWP for Carer Payment will remain as 2 years.
There will be a range of exemptions from the NARWP. This includes exemptions for all of the following people:
- Australian citizens
- family members of a refugee
- those who have had an substantial change in circumstances since arriving in Australia as a resident.
Some exemptions will apply to all payments and some will only apply to certain payments.
New Zealand citizens who hold a Special Category Visa (SCV) subclass 444 will not have to serve the NARWP for:
- Family Tax Benefit
- Parental Leave Pay
- Dad and Partner Pay.
SCV holders will continue to have a 2 year NARWP for Low Income Health Care Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
The waiting period will remain at 2 years for:
- Orphan Relative visas (subclass 117 and 837)
- Remaining Relative visas (subclass 115 and 835).
There are also changes to the Assurance of Support waiting period. It will increase from 2 years to 4 years.