Sickness Allowance

Residence rules

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

Newly arrived residents generally have to wait 104 weeks 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 Sickness Allowance for up to 6 months. This can only happen once.

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

Page last updated: 30 October 2018