Special Category Visa-holders
New Zealand citizens residing in Australia as a protected Special Category Visa-holder are eligible for Centrelink payments and concession cards.
Non-protected Special Category Visa-holders may be able to claim some Centrelink payments. If you’ve lived in Australia continuously as an SCV for at least 10 years you may be able to get JobSeeker or Youth Allowance for a single period of up to 6 months. You may also be able to get Tertiary Access Payment.
Australia has a Social Security Agreement with New Zealand that allows New Zealand citizens living in Australia to claim the:
- Age Pension
- Disability Support Pension if you have a severe disability
- Carer Payment if you’re the partner of a disability support pensioner.
Aged Pension and NZ Superannuation
New Zealanders living in Australia are eligible for the Australian Age Pension or New Zealand Superannuation.
Australian permanent residents and citizens
Permanent visa-holders may have to wait up to 4 years before they can get most Centrelink payments or concession cards. This is known as the Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period (NARWP).
Australian citizens are exempt from the NARWP, however, some payments also have a 2 year qualifying residence period for all applicants. This not the same as the NARWP.
There are some exemptions to the NARWP.
Contact Centrelink International Services or WINZ International Services for assistance.