Newstart Allowance

Residence rules


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

Newly arrived residents generally 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.

If you’re a non-protected special category visa holder, and have lived in Australia for at least 10 years without a break since 27 February 2001, you may be able to get a Newstart Allowance for 6 months. This can only happen once.

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

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