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:
- Farm Household Allowance
- JobSeeker Payment
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Youth Allowance.
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.
- Newly arrived resident’s waiting period
- Exemptions to the newly arrived residence waiting period
- Payments and services during coronavirus
- Migrants, refugees and visitors news.
The Coronavirus Supplement is extended until 31 December 2020.
We’ve changed some eligibility and waiting periods to make it easier for you to claim payments from us.
Page last updated: 8 September 2020
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