Residence rules

On the day you claim Newstart Allowance, you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.

Newly arrived residents may have to wait 2 or 4 years before getting this payment, with some exemptions.

You must continue to meet the residence rules for as long as you get this payment.

You may be able to get Newstart Allowance for 6 months, if you both:

Non-protected SCV holders may only get Newstart Allowance for a single period up to 6 months.

If you qualify this way, the newly arrived residents waiting period won’t apply.

Page last updated: 30 August 2019

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