On the day you claim Newstart Allowance, you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.
To keep getting Newstart
To keep getting Newstart Allowance you must continue to be an Australian resident.
How long you need to have been a resident
What may be different
You may be exempt from serving the 104 week period if you:
- are an Australian citizen
- arrived in Australia as a refugee
- hold a specific visa subclass, or
- became a single parent during the most recent period of time you have spent living in Australia
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.