Residence rules

On the day you claim a Pension Bonus generally you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.

How long you need to have been a resident

To get a Pension Bonus generally you need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of those years, there must be no break in your residence.

When you don’t meet the rules

Some people can get a Pension Bonus if they've been an Australian resident for less than 10 years.

Refugee or former refugee

If you’re a refugee or former refugee.

On another payment

If you reach Age Pension age and are getting 1 of the following:

Woman whose partner died

You both had to be Australian residents when your partner died. You also need to be an Australian resident for the 2 years before you claim.

You can’t claim a Pension Bonus if you use an international social security agreement to get Age Pension.

Page last updated: 22 August 2019