Child Care Subsidy

New Zealand citizens claiming payments in Australia

If you’re a New Zealander living in Australia you can get Centrelink payments if you meet eligibility.

Who can get payments

To get most Centrelink payments in Australia you must:

  • be an Australian resident
  • meet the eligibility rules for the payment, and
  • serve any waiting periods

What payments you can get

The payments you can claim depends on the visa you have.

You also must meet criteria for the payment or card you claim.

Permanent resident visa holder

A permanent resident visa lets you live in Australia and will allow you to claim all Centrelink payments. Use visa finder on the Department of Home Affairs website to read more about Australian visas.

Special Category Visa (SCV) holder

If you came to Australia on a New Zealand passport and you did not apply for a visa first, you will normally be given a SCV. The type of SCV you have depends on when you arrived in Australia.

To work out which SCV applies to you, read more about Protected and Non-protected SCV’s.

Protected SCV holders

If you live in Australia and have a Protected SCV you can claim all Centrelink payments.

Non-protected SCV holders

If you live in Australia and you have a Non-protected SCV, you can claim:

If you’ve lived in Australia continuously for at least 10 years, you may be able to get a one off period of payment. This is a single period of up to 6 months for:

The 10 year period of living in Australia needs to be after 26 February 2001.

Other services

Use the jobactive employment services to help you look for work. You can access:

  • computers
  • newspapers, and
  • other facilities

Read more about jobactive on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Claiming under an International Agreement

Claiming under an International Agreement may help you meet the eligibility rules.

We have an agreement with New Zealand that allows New Zealand citizens living in Australia to claim:

Read more about the International Social Security Agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

Page last updated: 16 August 2018