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 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 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: 1 January 2019

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