Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card

Newly arrived resident's waiting period

If you've recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait to get payments or concession cards.

There have been changes to the Encouraging Self-Sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants – extension measure. Read more on the Department of Social Services website.

Waiting period

The waiting period is time spent in Australia as an Australian resident. This means, if you travel overseas, the time you’re away from Australia won’t count towards the waiting period.

New residents may have to wait 2 or 4 years before they can:

  • get most of our payments
  • use most of our services.

A 2 year waiting period applies if you’re the holder of either:

  • an Orphan Relative visa (subclass 117 or 837)
  • a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115 and 835).

Holders of residence visa or specified visa subclass granted after 1 January 2019

If your residence visa or specified visa subclass is granted on or after 1 January 2019, the following waiting periods apply.

4 year waiting period

There’s a 4 year waiting period for the following payments and concessions:

There’s also a 4 year waiting period for the following allowances:

2 year waiting period

There’s a 2 year waiting period for the following payments:

If you’re an Australian citizen and have started living in Australia for the first time, there’s a 2 year waiting period for:

1 year waiting period

There’s a 1 year waiting period for:

There’s no waiting period for Family Tax Benefit Part B.

Holders of visas granted before 1 January 2019 and Orphan Relative / Remaining Relative visas

If your permanent residence visa or specified visa subclass was granted before 1 January 2019, there’s a 2 year waiting period. It applies to the following payments and concessions:

There’s also a 2 year waiting period for the following allowances:

You won’t have to wait the Newly Arrived Resident Waiting Period for:

New Zealand visa waiting periods

You may need to be granted a permanent resident visa before we can look at time you've spent in Australia. This will happen if you arrive on a New Zealand passport with a Special Category visa. You don’t need a permanent visa to claim either:

Read more about New Zealand citizens claiming payments in Australia.

Access to some of our services and payments

If you have a waiting period, you can still use some of our services.

You can use the:

The Community Development Program may help you if you live in a remote area. It’s run by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

If you lived in a country that has a social security agreement with Australia, you may be eligible for either:

Exemptions to the waiting period

There may be exemptions to the waiting period.

This information was printed Wednesday 22 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/ex-carer-allowance-child-health-care-card/newly-arrived-residents-waiting-period It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 13 March 2019