Eligibility for payments
You may also need to meet a qualifying residence period or newly arrived resident's waiting period, unless you’re exempt.
Other waiting periods may apply.
There are different rules for New Zealand citizens claiming payments in Australia.
You may be eligible for some payments if you live in a country that has a social security agreement with Australia. Agreements may also allow you to use insurance periods in an agreement country to meet the Australian residence period requirements.
Payments to help families with children
If you’re the primary carer of your child, you may be eligible for some payments.
Family Tax Benefit helps with the cost of raising children. It’s a 2 part payment.
Child Care Subsidy helps with the cost of approved child care. Additional Child Care Subsidy gives extra help to families who need it. We’ll pay these directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you have to pay.
Payments to help people with disability
Disability Support Pension provides financial support if you:
- are between 16 and Age Pension age
- have a permanent medical condition that stops you from working
- meet residency requirements
- meet income and assets tests
Carer Payment helps if you’re unable to work because you’re a full time carer for someone:
- with a severe disability or medical condition, or
- who is frail aged
Carer Allowance is available if you’re providing additional daily care and attention to someone with:
- disability, or
- a severe medical condition
Check the residence rules for these payments to see if you’re eligible.
Payments for special circumstances
Crisis Payment is a one off payment. This payment can help you if you’re going through difficult or extreme circumstances. This payment helps people who arrive in Australia for the first time on a refugee or humanitarian visa.
Special Benefit can help if you’re in severe financial need because:
- of reasons outside of your control, and
- you can’t get any other Centrelink pension or benefits
Check the residence rules for Special Benefit to see if you can get it.
Support with health care
Medicare can provide you with access to some health services and subsidised medicines if you live in Australia.
Check the Reciprocal Health Care Agreements we have with some countries to see if you’re eligible.
Becoming an Australian citizen
Read more about living in Australia and becoming a citizen on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Other government and community help
There are other organisations that provide support services and information you may find helpful. You can use Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.
Page last updated: 1 April 2019