Help during coronavirus (COVID-19) if you’re not an Australian citizen
3 September 2020
We’ve changed some eligibility and waiting periods to make it easier for you to claim payments from us.
Payments for visa holders
If you’re not an Australian citizen, you still might get a payment from us. Use our Payment and Service Finder to see what payments you might be able to claim.
If you’re a new resident, usually you have to wait 2 or 4 years to get payments or concession cards. However, we’ve temporarily removed waiting periods for some payments. If you’re a new resident and affected by COVID-19 you may be able to get 1 of the following payments:
- Farm Household Allowance
- JobSeeker Payment
- Parenting Payment
- Youth Allowance
- Special Benefit.
Changes to assets and income tests
We’ve temporarily removed the assets test if you claim any of the following payments:
This assets test waiver ends on 24 September 2020.
We’ve also temporarily increased how much your partner can earn before it affects your JobSeeker Payment eligibility and payment rate.
Use our Payment and Service Finder to see what payments you might be able to claim.
Find out more about payments for visa holders.
We’ve waived the waiting period for some payments until 31 December 2020.
If you’re impacted by the pandemic, you may be able to get 10 extra Medicare covered mental health sessions.
Page last updated: 9 September 2020
This information was printed 18 September 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/news/help-during-coronavirus-covid-19-if-youre-not-australian-citizen. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.