Assurance of Support

Assurance of support period

The assurance of support period depends on the type of visa you apply for. It can last for 1, 2, 4 or 10 years.

When it starts

The period starts on the later of:

  • the date the assuree arrives in Australia, or
  • the date they get their visa

What you need to do

You must tell us when your assuree:

  • arrives in country Australia
  • gets their visa

How it affects payments from us

Normally assurees and their dependants can’t get income support from us during the specified period. This is the rule even if they are exempt from the 4 year waiting period for most payments.

If we do agree to give income support to your assuree, you’ll need to pay us back.

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Page last updated: 7 January 2019