Eligibility To be eligible for most Centrelink payments in Australia you must: be an Australian resident meet the eligibility rules for the payment, and serve any waiting period that applies to you Permanent residence visa holder A permanent residence visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection issue and administer all Australian visas. Special Category visa (SCV) holder If you don’t hold a permanent residence visa Australia’s immigration authorities will generally issue New Zealand passport holders an SCV upon arrival in Australia. The type of SCV you get depends on when you arrived in Australia. This will also determine if you can get a payment from us. Read more about SCV. Payments you can claim The payments you can claim depends on the visa you have. Protected SCV holders If you live in Australia and you have a protected SCV, you can generally access the full range of Centrelink payments. Protected and non-protected SCV holders If you live in Australia and you have a protected or non-protected SCV, you can claim: Family Tax Benefit Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement Single Income Family Supplement Child Care Benefit Double Orphan Pension Health Care Card Low Income Health Care Card Foster Child Health Care Card Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Parental Leave Pay Dad and Partner Pay Assistance for Isolated Children You must also meet the other eligibility rules for the payment or card you’re claiming. For concession cards, this may include the newly arrived resident’s waiting period. Non-protected SCV holders If you live in Australia and you have a non-protected SCV, you may be able to get a one off period of payment. This is a single period of up to 6 consecutive months of: Newstart Allowance Sickness Allowance, or Youth Allowance At the time of making a claim, you must have been living in Australia continuously for at least 10 years. We can't count time you spent in Australia before 27 February 2001 towards these 10 years. Other services Use the jobactive employment services to help you look for work. You can access: computers newspapers, and other facilities Read more about jobactive on the Department of Employment website. International Agreement We have an agreement with New Zealand to allow New Zealand citizens, living in Australia to claim: Age Pension Disability Support Pension if you're severely disabled, and Carer Payment if you're the partner of a disability support pensioner Under this agreement, you might need to satisfy special conditions. Read more about the International Social Security Agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

Eligibility

To be eligible for most Centrelink payments in Australia you must:

be an Australian resident

meet the eligibility rules for the payment, and

serve any waiting period that applies to you

Permanent residence visa holder

A permanent residence visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection issue and administer all Australian visas.

Special Category visa (SCV) holder

If you don’t hold a permanent residence visa Australia’s immigration authorities will generally issue New Zealand passport holders an SCV upon arrival in Australia. The type of SCV you get depends on when you arrived in Australia. This will also determine if you can get a payment from us.

Read more about SCV.

Payments you can claim

The payments you can claim depends on the visa you have.

Protected SCV holders

If you live in Australia and you have a protected SCV, you can generally access the full range of Centrelink payments.

Protected and non-protected SCV holders

If you live in Australia and you have a protected or non-protected SCV, you can claim:

Family Tax Benefit

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

Single Income Family Supplement

Child Care Benefit

Double Orphan Pension

Health Care Card

Low Income Health Care Card

Foster Child Health Care Card

Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Parental Leave Pay

Dad and Partner Pay

Assistance for Isolated Children

You must also meet the other eligibility rules for the payment or card you’re claiming. For concession cards, this may include the newly arrived resident’s waiting period.

Non-protected SCV holders

If you live in Australia and you have a non-protected SCV, you may be able to get a one off period of payment. This is a single period of up to 6 consecutive months of:

Newstart Allowance

Sickness Allowance, or

Youth Allowance

At the time of making a claim, you must have been living in Australia continuously for at least 10 years. We can't count time you spent in Australia before 27 February 2001 towards these 10 years.

Other services

Use the jobactive employment services to help you look for work. You can access:

computers

newspapers, and

other facilities

Read more about jobactive on the Department of Employment website.

International Agreement

We have an agreement with New Zealand to allow New Zealand citizens, living in Australia to claim:

Age Pension

Disability Support Pension if you're severely disabled, and

Carer Payment if you're the partner of a disability support pensioner

Under this agreement, you might need to satisfy special conditions.

Read more about the International Social Security Agreement between Australia and New Zealand.