On the day you claim Sickness Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
On the day you claim Sickness Allowance, you must:
- be an Australian resident, and
- in Australia
To keep getting Sickness Allowance
You must continue to be an Australian resident for as long as you get this payment.
What may be different
Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.
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.