Changes to the newly arrived resident’s waiting period

7 August 2020

We’ve waived the waiting period for some payments until 31 December 2020.

If you’re a new resident and affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) we can help. We’ve removed the newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) so you can claim one of these payments:

Usually, you have to wait 2 or 4 years to get payments or concession cards as a new resident. Any time you’ve spent in Australia as a resident or eligible visa holder will count towards serving the waiting period. This includes time on one of these payments during the removal of the NARWP.

If you currently get a payment

If you’re currently getting one of these payments, you’ll continue to get it until 31 December 2020. You don’t need to do anything. Your payment will stop on 1 January 2021 if you either:

If you haven’t claimed yet

If you haven’t claimed yet, we won’t apply the NARWP to your claim until 1 January 2021.

Check your eligibility before you claim. Read about if you need a payment because of COVID-19. You can use our payment guide to check what you can get. You can also find out about how to claim.

Next steps

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Page last updated: 8 September 2020